Jul 22, 2012 / 5:00 am
Today my beauty concern is a skin condition that affects so many of us… Melasma. Have you experienced discoloration on your face, neck or any part of your skin that is exposed to the sun? Do you wonder how it suddenly appeared or if you can get rid of those unwanted discolored dark areas on your face?
This condition is very common, you are not alone. The good news is that it can be treated.
Melasma is described as a patchy brown discoloration usually found on the face and neck. It is thought to be primarily related to severe sun exposure however there are other factors that can cause this condition such as pregnancy and of course, hormones. Melasma tends to be more noticeable in the summer months due to sun exposure. In the winter, the hyperpigmentation in melasma tends to be less visible as we lose our summer tan and the skin lightens.
I had melasma on my chin and cheeks about 10 years ago. It just appeared and I had no idea what it was until I saw a dermatologist. She suggested a topical skin lightening cream, the key ingredient being – hydroquinone. Yes the product I used was helpful by lightening the hyperpigmentation but I was not 100% happy with the results. I started a regime alternating microdermabrasion and peel every couple of weeks… amazing results! My skin has been clear of any discoloration ever since.
Microdermabrasion and peels along with a topical skin lightening cream and proper sun protection worked for me but there are other options that may give you the results you are looking for.
Always consult a professional / physician before being treated to find out what is the best treatment for you.
- Skin lightening cream. You usually have to ask for them at the pharmacy
- Glyquin (I liked this product)
- Neo Strata skin lightening gel
- There are many products on the market for skin lightening, these happen to be my pick. Look for a product that has at least 4% hydroquinone.
- A series of microdermabrasion and peels may help (Flawless Microdermabrasion 250.8265652)
- Another option is laser therapy (there are a number of reputable Skin Care Clinics in Kelowna the one I have visited and suggest is the Okanagan Skin Care Centre)
Most importantly, daily sun protection of at least 30 SPF containing zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are recommended. Remember to always protect yourself with hats and sunglasses and avoid sun exposure as much as possible. Below is a U Tube video highlighted from the show the “Doctors” with Brook Burke explaining her battle with malasma.
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