It’s important to treat your skin well. It is, after all, the only skin you’re ever going to have. That said, of course, as surface layers of skin cells are scraped away, new cells replace them. So, technically, your skin refreshes and renews itself on a constant basis.
Because your skin is always with you, you have a pretty good idea of how it’s supposed to look. Or at the very least, how it looks on a semi-regular basis. When brown spots, dark patches, etc. appear on your face, neck, forearms (and possibly in other areas) you know something’s up. Dark patches such as these could be melasma.
Fortunately, there are some remedies. But treating melasma may be easier said than done and can offer varying levels of relief – if any – to different individuals. There is seldom one-size-fits-all to treating melasma. At the end of this piece, however, we are going to introduce you to something new and exciting that is being successfully utilized in the treatment of hyperpigmentation and pigment disorders falling into that classification.
In the meantime, let’s take a closer look at melasma.
When your skin starts exhibiting dark, blotchy patches, it is annoying to say the least. Melasma is seldom, however, harmful or serious. It may dissipate on its own or, through specific types of treatment, may lessen in intensity.
What can be harmful is the effect that melasma and other pigment disorders can have on your self-esteem and stress level. What makes things even worse is that stress can exacerbate the condition!
For the record, any part of your body that is overexposed to the sun’s UV rays can develop melasma, though it is frequently seen (as mentioned) on the face, neck, and forearms. It has also been speculated that there may be a genetic link to the cause for melasma.
Finally, more women than men experience melasma. It is frequently associated with pregnancy and hormone imbalances, the use of birth control pills, etc.
For those suffering from melasma, there are a few well-known treatments. They include the following:
One of the most important things to remember regarding the prevention of melasma is that protective clothing, a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, and a high-level sunscreen should always be used when out of doors.
Additionally, to prevent your condition from worsening, take a close look at your usual skincare routine. It may need some adjustment.
Before you try out any melasma treatment methods, it is recommended that you consult with an experienced provider. This approach allows you to dispel misconceptions, get accurate information, and get prescribed the correct products for hyperpigmentation.