Melasma – Definition and Treatment

In a word that’s intolerant to imperfections – no matter how big, small or subjective – the world which celebrates photoshopped and filtered Instagram snaps and shuns anything that even resembles a flaw, it gets difficult to live with a skin condition that may be considered “unattractive” or “ugly”. Unfortunately for most women, Melasma may pose a bit of a problem when it comes to their self-image, even though it is treatable and not at all unpleasant to look at.

For all of those who aren’t sure what melasma is, we’re listing out a few essential information that will help you understand this skin condition:

Patches on your skin

Whoever’s diagnosed with melasma should know that it’s not uncommon to have patches all over your skin; in most cases, they come and go, so you do not have to worry about being left with permanent skin patches. However, melasma can be more than just simple skin discoloration, and more often than not, it is caused by hormones or excessive exposure to the sun. Some studies claim that the sun is not our only worry since even various screens we stare at daily (your work laptop, your PC, the phone, etc) can trigger the development of these patches on our skin.

Unfortunately, women aged 25 to 50 are most likely to develop melasma. Pregnancy can be one of the causes of melasma, as well. Although it has been noted that melasma tends to go away a few months after the delivery. This is why it is known as the mask of pregnancy too, as dark spots start appearing during pregnancy. Another bad piece of news is that melasma cannot be completely cured; but it can be successfully treated.

Prevent it

Take good care of your skin and never leave your home without applying good quality sunscreen, because it protects you from the sun’s harmful rays. Moreover, treat your skin with gentle scrubs and make sure not to irritate it; it’s been noted that gentle treatments can help prevent the development of melasma.

Hats are your best friend because they can block the sun’s rays and make sure that your skin does not come in contact with it. And, of course, try to stay out of the sun and limit exposure to it during the hottest periods of the day.

Treat it

Unfortunately, try as you might, there’s no guarantee that you can prevent melasma. However, thanks to modern medicine, you have access to successful melasma treatment which can help deal with almost all the discoloration on your skin. Always check with your dermatologist before you undergo such treatments in order to avoid any unnecessary troubles in the future and enjoy a melasma-free skin.

Be aware that it will take time and that you cannot expect results in a session or two. Give it time and soon enough you will notice the difference in how your skin looks smoother, and better.

Also, prior to scheduling any interventions, be sure that you’re actually diagnosed with melasma. Finding dark patches of skin is never a good sign and before you start freaking out– get your skin checked with your local dermatologist. Chances are that it is just a phase of skin discoloration, and it can be treated without any major surgical involvements.

Final words

Melasma is a skin condition that may appear on your skin as a consequence of environmental circumstance as much as a result of your genetic predisposition. With that in mind, the important thing to understand is that melasma has no negative effect on your life medically – it may only be a “problem” aesthetically, but even that is solvable these days with proper makeup techniques and quality products.