Did you know that melasma is one of the most common forms of pigment? This skin condition mainly occurs in women, so you probably know someone with this skin disease. Fortunately, there is hope, because today we know here very well how to treat melasma.
What is Melasma?
Melasma is a benign skin condition that we also know as ‘pregnancy mask’ because it often develops during pregnancy. It is a pigment disorder that causes hyperpigmentation on the face. You can recognize it by the light to dark brown spots on the skin. There are two varieties: the type of melasma that forms in the epidermis and melasma that forms in the deeper skin layer, namely the dermis.
In which places does the condition occur?
– Mainly on the cheeks
– The forehead
– The temples
– Around the eyes
– On the upper lip
Who will be affected?
Men are lucky because they are usually spared, it rarely occurs with them. Melasma is a skin condition that mainly affects women of childbearing age. It often arises during pregnancy, which is why it also gets the name pregnancy mask. Still, there are a number of other factors that can be at the root of the skin condition.
Stop Taking Any Suspicious Drugs
Check when exactly the pigmentation spots originated, and then go back another 6 months: did you start using new medication? Maybe birth control?
Treatment for Melasma
It takes an average of 6 months for the customer to achieve the desired result with pigment treatments. It is important to continue to use the right products at home after the process so that the pigmentation spots do not come back.
I Have Listed Our Treatments for Melasma:
1. Superficial Chemical Peel with Fruit Acids
With this peeling, a substance is applied to the skin that accelerates your cell division. This causes a kind of ‘renewal’ of the epidermis. The skin will then peel off and the excess pigment will be removed. Ultimately, it provides a bleaching effect.
Glycolic acid is the most effective acid, it is used in concentrations of 10% -40%. Due to its small molecular size, this acid is easily absorbed by the different layers of the epidermis, where it exerts its action. Lactic acid will whiten the pigment in the epidermis and moisturize the skin extra.
The treatment in our institute: Hydrafacial contains lactic acid and glycolic acid 15% – 30% This treatment is ideal as a first treatment and as a maintenance treatment for melasma.
2. TCA Peeling or Retinol peel
This is used as a second treatment for melasma.
– The TCA peeling destroys the existing pigment, causing the skin to flake off and the excess pigment is removed.
– Retinol Peel has an inhibiting effect on the pigment cells so that you will not get (back) pigmentation spots as quickly.
Treatments in our institute: Retinol Peel and Sensi Peel (a TCA peel that will destroy pigment.)
3. VPL Treatment for Melasma
The treatment of melasma with VPL is a great success for a certain group. Unfortunately, we cannot help everyone with this technique. In some cases the pigment became darker after the treatment (this phenomenon is temporary, maximum 1 year).
While melasma is often a chronic condition with periodic ups and downs, the prognosis is favorable in most cases. Melasma often develops slowly and takes a long time to clear up completely; you therefore need patience for healing. The gradual disappearance of the dark spots is done by the right treatment combination and depends on your skin type. Cases not responding successfully to treatment are the result of overexposure to the sun.
Avoid or limit exposure to sunlight during pregnancy (and in the months that follow). Use sunscreen with a high protection factor and keep the face in the shade as much as possible. Use a hat to shield the face from the sun.