Melasma is a common skin condition where dark discolored patches appear on your skin. The condition is not life-threatening, and is much more common in women than men, although men can get it also. The other terms for melasma are cholasma, and the “pregnancy mask”. Melasma is also common in pre-menopausal women. It is thought to be enhanced by surges in certain hormones.
What are the Causes and Symptoms of Melasma?
People of a darker complexions are at more of a risk to develop this skin condition, than those of fairer skin complexion or pigmentation. Melasma usually affects women during their reproductive years. Estrogen and Progesterone sensitivity have been noted to be associated with Melasma. Which means birth control, pregnancy, and hormone therapy can all trigger melasma. Stress and thyroid disease are also said to be causes of melasma.
Excessive sun exposure can also be linked to melasma because ultraviolet rays affect the cells that control our pigment.
Melasma usually appears on various areas on the face, such as the forehead, bridge of the nose, cheeks, chin and upper lip. It can also appear on other areas that are exposed to excessive sun, like the forearms and neck. These patches are grayish-brown in color. The skin discoloration does not cause any physical harm. However, it can create a level of self- consciousness.
Treatment and Living with Melasma
Your healthcare profession can diagnose melasma with a visual exam to the affected area. It poses no health risk and therefore there is no cause for alarm. There are some instances when the melasma will lighten up on its own. This can happen by taking extra precautions. Limiting sun exposure, wearing sunscreen, are some ways it may clear up. The discoloration usually disappears spontaneously over a period of several months after giving birth or stopping the use of birth control or hormone replacement therapy. If you have had excessive exposure to the sun, try our Melan-In-Skin Nourishing Serum, and lotion.
There are many people who live with melasma. It usually affects women between their 20's and 50's. It is very rare for men to develop melasma. It affects only about 10% of men, living with melasma can be very self-conscious and devastating for some since it most commonly affects the face. There are treatments available to lighten the skin discolorations. Our Day & Night Dark Spot Serum Duo offers the perfect solution to the dark patches caused by melasma. Notice skin discoloration and lighten within a few weeks with our 2-step skin solution formulated to be gentle on skin and tough on dark spots! You can kiss uneven skin goodbye with this all-natural, oil-based serum duo. It acts to gently remove pigmented skin layers, revealing new healthy layers underneath.
Avoiding triggers such as oral contraceptives look into non-hormonal birth control methods), spending excessive time in direct sunlight, and if it’s a must that you have to be outdoors wear a wide-rimmed hat when you do go out and also apply a daily SPF/MPF.