Do you suffer from melasma – the often symmetrical, patchy brown pigmentation, commonly seen on females over the cheeks, forehead and chin? Unlike true pigmentation melasma is often related to an underlying hormonal dominance. It therefore tends to be very tenuous to manage while ever the underlying condition persists, often becoming worsened by traditional treatment methods for pigmentation.
One fact that must be accepted about melasma is that it is a condition that is here to stay. While it may be improved, in most cases it cannot be cured completely.
One of the single biggest contributing factors to melasma prevalence and severity is exposure to UV light which encourages deranged pigment-producing cells to upregulate. Therefore a good quality, broad spectrum, SPF with physical barrier qualities is a mainstay.
Apply daily, regardless of activity
Reapply throughout the day as possible
Do not forget other forms of sun protection – hat, sunglasses, etc
Avoid direct sunlight to areas affected by pigment
We love @medik8_australia’s Physical sunscreen for every day wear. SPF 50+, light weight and mattifying, with zinc oxide which is a great mineral for reducing skin inflammation. Furthermore, Medik8 sunscreen does not induce heat in the skin which can be a byproduct of some broad-spectrum products due to their absorption of UV. This is problematic in the setting of melasma due to the potential for thermal injury to skin which may exacerbate pigment production.
If you suffer with melasma, or know someone who does, come in for a free consult. As a fellow-sufferer we understand firsthand the frustration of the condition and will strive to achieve long lasting outcomes and control. Book below