Melasma – What Is It And What Can You Do About It?
Many people struggle with hyperpigmentation of the skin, becoming more noticeable around age 30 and beyond. This can be due to several factors, including environmental, genetic, and hormonal. One common type of hyperpigmentation we see is melasma. While it can be stubborn, there are ways to address melasma, both in prevention and in treatment.
What Is Melasma?
This condition is marked by darkened areas on sun-exposed parts of the face, most often like a “mask” on the cheeks, nose, and forehead. Women often report the onset during pregnancy or other hormonal shifts. In fact, 15-50% of pregnant women will experience this common skin condition. Melasma is harmless, however, it can lead to feelings of self-consciousness. Sun exposure exacerbates hyperpigmentation, making it worse in the summer and better in the winter.
Can I Prevent It?
Certain genetic and hormonal changes predispose people to hyperpigmentation, but there are some things you can do to help prevent melasma. Taking precautions may also keep the dark spots from worsening.
- Use a mineral sunscreen for complete protection. Yes, the white, zinc kind. While it may not be the best summer look, it will keep the melasma from darkening.
- Avoid tanning beds
- Check with your doctor about any drugs you are taking that make your skin more photosensitive. Examples include hormonal birth control, antibiotics, NSAIDS, and some skincare products.
How Is It Treated?
This type of hyperpigmentation has historically been hard to treat. But, new technology by Alma Lasers makes it possible to restore even skin tone. This fractional laser treatment offers unmatched efficacy against dark spots. The secret lies in the Q Switch laser, both powerful and precise. It delivers nanosecond pulses of energy that target pigmentation while leaving surrounding areas undamaged. As a result, your skin heals faster than with other methods.
At LA Med Spa, we want you to feel confident in your skin. We use the latest technology to help you achieve the smooth, even skin you’ve always wanted. To learn more about the Alma Q laser and melasma treatment, schedule a consultation with us today.