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Tackle Hyperpigmentation and Melasma

If you’ve ever wondered, how did I get that brown spot on my face? Or, what is this dark patch  showing up around my mouth and cheeks? Well ladies, let me tell you, you are not the only one to experience that WTH moment when we see it! 

First and foremost, get the area checked by a dermatologist to make sure it isn’t something that needs medical attention. This is SO important to get your skin checked from a dermatologist, regularly! (Even more so if you have fair skin or a history of skin cancer in your family.)  

(Disclaimer: I am not a doctor nor am I trying to diagnose any skin condition: this blog is written from my professional opinion as an Aesthetician on melasma and hyperpigmentation, which will hopefully shed some light and give you direction on this skin issue)

Melasma is a form of hyperpigmentation, which is usually caused by sun, genetic predisposition and hormonal changes….. sun, pregnancy, birth control, and hormone replacement therapy play a big part on bringing on melasma. Hyperpigmentation can fall into many different categories such as freckling, sun spots, age spots, scarring, or other discoloration to the skin.           

How to Tackle it:

Getting real: one treatment or one product is probably not going to do the trick so you need to tackle it from different angles. Melasma is more stubborn to treat, and it also depends on each person’s skin and the severity of the condition.  Hyperpigmentation can many times lighten with medical grade skin care or chemical peels.      

What’s the Game Plan?   

1) Brightening agents and lightening creams will work wonders!

Hydroquinones, Vitamin C, Kojic acid, azelaic acid, retinoic acid  (Retin A) are excellent products to lighten the skin.  However, don’t give up too early: most medical grade skin care needs 4-8 weeks for cell turnover.  Keep in mind; many medical grade skin care systems are most effective if you use all of their products together. They were made that way to work in conjunction and target the different layers of the skin. 

2) Laser treatments (IPL or Fractional laser) or chemical peels are effective.  Laser treatments are recommended, especially for stubborn or deeper melasma/hyperpigmentation and may take several sessions to effectively lighten the skin. 

A series of chemical peels are a great start in the treatment of melasma and hyperpigmentation to exfoliate the outer layer of skin and to rejuvenate new skin.

3) Prevent and Protect: The sun is one of the main causes of melasma and hyperpigmentation.  You must use a sunscreen everyday to keep hyperpigmentation from returning and staying away.

Please let me know if you need recommendations on skin care for this skin issue.  Also check out our specials on Chemical Peels this month!  (Normally $120:  September Special $100)

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