Treatment For Melasma
Best Melasma Treatments
Causes Of Melasma – Melasma Cure
Treatment for melasma or melasma removal has been a dilemma for most pregnant women, or those taking oral contraceptives or hormone replacement therapy (HRT) medications.
Although it is purely cosmetic and non-toxic, melasma treatment seeks to address dark skin discoloration which is unsightly in women, also in men, regardless of race and color.
Melasma is manifested with irregular brown, black or grey patches on cheeks, forehead, nose, chin, jaw line, and upper lip. Doctors use Wood’s lamp to diagnose a treatment for melasma.
Left untreated, epidermal melasma (top skin layer) can become dermal melasma (deeper tissue level) which is harder to treat.
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But first, let’s understand what the causes of melasma are.
Causes of Melasma
- Too much sun exposure. The ‘king’ is the biggest culprit. People who are in regions with intense sun exposure, especially the light brown skin types, are more susceptible to dermal melasma.
- Pregnancy hormones are the most common cause.
- Genes are also a factor. Yes, you can inherit it.
- Patients suffering from thyroid disease are also susceptible.
- Did you know stress can also cause melasma?
- Don’t count out allergy to some medications (such as tetracycline and anti-malarial drugs) and cosmetics. But this is rare.
Treatment For Melasma
- Usually fades after months of giving birth.
- Or when you stop taking birth control pills or HRT medications.
- Tretinoin-based skin products, but not to be used during pregnancy.
- Chemical or glycolic peels – drastic skin peeling that require longer recovery.
- Laser treatment for epidermal melasma. Don’t try this for dermal melasma as it will only darken the pigmentation. The cost? $1,000-$5,000.
- Products containing mandelic acid is found to be a good dermal melasma cure.
- Topical skin lightening products such as a mild skin lightening soap and cream. WARNING: Do NOT use any hydroquinone-based skin lighteners. These can harm you. Period.
- BEST MELASMA TREATMENT is prevention. How? Daily use of sunscreen and sun avoidance.
Remember, whatever melasma treatment you choose (other than prevention), the results are not instant. Even the best melasma treatments take time to show an improvement. There’s no ‘magic’ melasma removal solution if it is too late for prevention.
Avoid sunlight and wear at least SPF 45 sunscreen if you are prone to melasma. Choose a sunscreen with titanium dioxide and zinc dioxide. Why? Because these block both UVA (causes premature wrinkling and sun damage) and UVB (causes sunburn) rays best.
Any or all of the above suggestions for treatment for melasma may or may not work for you. It will always depend on your unique type of skin sensitivity and the gravity of your melasma condition.
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