How to tackle Melasma

What exactly is melasma?

Melasma is a skin condition which can appear as brown or grey “blotchy” spots or patches on the complexion, often around the nose, cheeks, forehead and lips. This common condition occurs when the skin cells overproduce melanin due to factors such as sun exposure, medications or hormones during pregnancy.

How can I treat melasma pigmentation?

While it can be difficult to get rid of forever (especially if you’re still out and about in the sun!), melasma can be managed thanks to a number of advanced skin treatments and active daily skin care.

Dermapen Microneedling

Dermapen treatments work to rejuvenate the complexion by creating micro-injuries, resulting in a natural process of your skin creating fresh new collagen and elastin. Melanocytes (pigment-producing cells) are targeted directly, and this repair and corrective process lead to a more even skin tone. After 3 to 5 sessions you’ll be achieving radiant, glowing skin with reduced pigmentation and melasma, plus diminished fine lines and wrinkles as a bonus!

Facial Peels

A classic facial will exfoliate and nourish the skin, but a chemical peel takes this to a deeper level. Because of the variety of peel strengths available, you can start off on a gentle fruit acid then build your way up to a concentrated peel such as the O Cosmedics Bio-White Peptide Peel, specially formatted for pigmented skin, with high strength Vitamin C to brighten the complexion and rejuvenate the skin. A series of peels will see reduced pigmentation and melasma after each treatment.

Daily Sun Protection

If you’re prone to melasma, your first step should be to block UV light and heat from worsening and darkening it, or bringing it back if you’re getting skin treatments. And don’t wait until you’re at the beach, the sun’s harmful rays are filtering through clouds and office windows, even in winter. Find a good mineral SPF30 sunscreen to use under your makeup each morning without fail.

LED Light Therapy

Originally developed by NASA for healing, LED (light emitting diode) treatments are a celeb favourite for glowing skin. By using safe, UV-free wavelengths of light over the face, the dermis layer of the skin converts this light to energy, using it as “fuel” to rejuvenate the skin. This one is perfect to use in combination with Dermapen microneedling or peels to optimise your treatments and boost your skin’s healing power.

Use Pigmentation-Targeted Active Skincare

Using cosmeceutical skin serums that contain potent amounts of active ingredients such as Vitamin C, Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) and Retinol (Vitamin A) in your routine will help diminish unwanted pigmentation like melasma. Products such as O Cosmedics Concentrated Brightening Serum, DP Dermaceuticals Brite Lite and Ginger&Me Flash-White Even Skin Booster have all been created specifically to reduce pigmentation by using medical-grade active ingredients, meaning real results. Used one of these serums each day and you’ll begin to notice a difference within just a few weeks!

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