Melasma is one of the most common and most challenging skin conditions to treat. It appears as irregular brown patches on the face leaving an uneven skin tone appearance. Sun exposure, heat, hormonal changes, pregnancy, and birth control are the most common triggers for melasma.
It’s important to see a skin care specialist that is able to recognize melasma since not all treatments are safe for melasma patients. Lasers are typically used to address pigment issues, however, these devices are light and heat based which can worsen melasma. Topical medications, chemical peels, and microneedling are safer treatment options.
Avoiding the sun is key to prevent melasma from getting worse and to maintain results from treatments. Wearing a wide brimmed hat and large sunglasses is helpful. Most importantly, make sure you wear an SPF 30-50 daily and reapply every two hours. Color Science is a great mineral SPF for reapplication over makeup.
Brightening and lightening topical agents can aid in reducing the production of pigment. Antioxidants and retinoid agents are also great topicals to incorporate for added efficacy and anti-aging benefits.
Come see us for a consultation for an individualized skin care plan to help tackle this chronic condition!