Melasma is often referred to as “the mask of pregnancy” because it can be brought on by hormone changes including pregnancy, birth control or any hormonal changes and is often worsened by sun damage. Melasma can also be caused by medications or certain cosmetic treatments. Melasma generally occurs when estrogen and/or progesterone stimulate pigmentation hormones, causing dark brown or grey, irregular sized patches on the face. Melasma is most common in dark skin types although it can occur in light skin types as well. Genetic predisposition may make one more susceptible to melasma, and thyroid dysfunction may also increase susceptibility.
Since our medical spa is in Florida we see a lot of Melasma due to the excessive sun use and clients who have darker skin types that are of Meditteranean or Latin skin types. Melasma can be very difficult to treat and the results rely heavily on patient compliance. We have done a lot of research over the past 9 years at Winter Park Laser to find the best treatments for Melasma and hyperpigmentation and we want to share them.
#1 The Mini-Melanage or full Melanage Chemical Peel: The Melanage Skin Lightening System is a supercial peel designed to improve the texture and appearance of hyperpigmented skin which involves a medicated masque and an at-home regimen. After 1 to 3 peels Dark spots will lighten and skin texture and tone will improve.
#2 Skin Lightening Treatment products such as Hydroquinone which will help to suppress the underlying pigmentation from worsening.
#3 Limited Sun Exposure: Sun can make Melasma worst so the more one stays away from sun by wearing a full broad spectrum spf 30 everyday and wearing large sunglasses and large hats to protect your skin.
For more information on treating Melasma in Orlando go to www.winterparklaser.com