Melasma, here's what you can do to reduce the discoloration | Skinlight

Melasma, here's what you can do about it

Melasma is an annoying ailment that is common worldwide. It is a form of hyperpigmentation. Melasma arises dark brown spots on the face. These are usually irregular in shape. Melasma is also called pregnancy mask, because it is an ailment that can often arise during or shortly after pregnancy.

What can you do about it?

There is no medicine for it melasma, but fortunately there are creams that can effectively reduce melasma. It is important that you choose a cream that is able to lighten dark pigment. It is also important that the cream slows down the production of melanin. During a treatment it is very wise to keep the skin out of the sun as much as possible.

Oppervlakkige vorm van melasma in het gezicht
Superficial form of melasma in the face

Melasma is a disturbed pigment formation

Pigment is also called melanin. This is a brown dye that is produced by the skin. If melanin is produced evenly, you get an even tan. But when this process is disrupted by hormones, pigment spots to arise. During pregnancy or in the period after, your body is still full of hormones. Melasma often develops during this period in many women. This can be prevented by protecting yourself well against sunlight. You can do this by wearing a hat or cap, but even better by using sunscreen daily.

Two forms of Melasma

There are two forms of Melasma, it is important that you know which form you have in order to choose the best treatment.

  1. Superficial form: Melasma occurs only in the epidermis, the outer layer of the skin that is visible to the eye. These can often be treated very well with Skinlight. You can recognize them by their brown color and irregular shape.
  2. Deep shape of melasma: in the deep form, melasma occurs in several skin layers. This form of melasma is easy to recognize. The color is significantly different. If you have a more gray-blue color, these are a lot more persistent. You can then still start with Skinlight, because this cream penetrates three layers of skin. It may be that the discoloration is even deeper in the skin layers. In such a case, it is best to opt for exfoliation. That's one chemical peel and aimed at skin renewal. The treatments are often spread over a period of 6 months. Go to a good skin specialist for this.

Use sun protection every day

Always protect yourself well against the sun, otherwise you will be mopping with the tap open. Preferably use a sunscreen with at least SPF 30 every day. On sunny days when the UV radiation is strong, it is important to reapply every two hours. Don't forget your neck as well. Melasma is treatable, but prevention is always better. We believe that melasma can be prevented in a second pregnancy by applying the aforementioned tips.

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