Hi loves! It’s Bronwyn from BiiBiiBeauty here today to discuss a skin condition that many women experience in their lifetime, which is Melasma. Not too sure what Melasma is? Or have you arrived here because you are concerned your current skin condition might require some melasma treatment? If yes, then let’s take a deep looking into what Melasma is and some melasma treatment options that can be available to you!
What Is Melasma?
Melasma is a interesting occurrence that can happen on the skin that appears in the forms of patchy discolouration. Although it is dicolouration, it is somewhat different to that of hyperpigmentation as it is generally nor caused from skin inflammation.
Melasma is most commonly caused from hormone imbalances from birth control pills and during pregnancy. Aside from the hormonal factor that plays a big roll in melasma formation, excessive exposure to strong UV rays can also cause a higher risk of developing melasma patches over the years.
Where Does Melasma Happen?
Melasma commonly occurs in women from ages 20-50 years old and appears on the high points of the face such as the forehead, cheeks, chin, nose and lips. It appears on the skin in patches that can look greyish, tan and blotchy in colour and consistency. If you have noticed these discolourations on your skin and have recently gone of or switched your birth control, are pregnant or have subjected your skin to excessive UV exposure in the sun, the you might have a case of melasma development.
If you are still not 100% sure you have melasma but are concerned about patches on your skin, be sure to visit a dermatologist to correctly diagnose your current skin condition.
Melasma Treatment Options
When it comes to melasma treatment to fade the appearance of dark patches on the skin, most effective treatments are prescriptive from a dermatologist or are laser therapy treatments. These treatments are most effective on melasma treatment to clear the skin for a brighter appearance fast. For these types of treatments, you will need to consult a dermatologist to find out what prescriptive or laser therapy treatment is right for your skin and severity of melasma.
For more affordable and easy to use melasma treatments, there are multiple skincare options that will help in fading away your melasma. However it is important to keep in mind that these over the counter skincare options will be slower at achieving results in comparison to laser therapy and prescriptive melasma treatment. Yet taking up these skincare options will not only fade away melasma in time, but also set you on a journey for clear, smooth and healthier skin overall.
Skincare Melasma Treatment
Bellow are some key ingredients to look for when shopping for skincare to fade melasma.
- Kojic Acid
- Lactic Acid
- Retinoic Acid
- Glycolic Acid
The use of acids in skincare is the best way to not only use as a at home form of melasma treatment, but is also a great way to treat other skin condition such as acne, rough skin texture, anti-aging and fade pigmentation. The above acids can be commonly found in skincare products, however you can also get them in strong prescriptive grades for a heavier melasma treatment in severe cases.
Acid Skincare for Melasma Treatment
If your melasma is mild and you are looking for a more gentle and daily at home treatment, then the bellow skincare recommendations will be great additives to include in your current skincare routine.
Although the name of this product indicates the use on whiteheads, this light weight liquid is a game changer for clearer and brighter skin. Simply apply a pump or 2 to the affected areas every other day at night for gentle yet effective fading of dark spots.
Retinoic acid is commonly used in prescriptive form for the fading of melasma, pigmentation and also for advanced wrinkle treatments. If you want to introduce yourself to retinoic acid without the harsh side effects, consider starting with a gentler over the counter version to add to your current routine. Use it every other day at night to see clearer and brighter looking skin.
If you want to try out lactic acid but in a light weight and gentle form, then this skin clearing and smoother toner is a great choice! Gentle enough for daily use, this is a simple additive to any skincare routine to not only help fade melasma at home but also create smoother skin.
If you want a light weight cream you can use daily but still work to gently fade away melasma for clearer skin, then this day cream is a great option to introduce yourself to the world of acids without the heavy commitment. Gentle, effective and easy to use!
Please note the above products should not be used together at the same time. Acids are exfoliants of the skin, over use of acids can cause damage to the skin such as burning, redness and irritation. Please be warned that you should use a SPF day cream of 40 and higher if you plan to use any form of melasma treatment on your skin. Any melasma treatment will make the skin sensitive to UV damage which in turn can result in more dark spots without the use of SPF.
Good luck on your journey to clear skin!