If you suffer from melasma, you know how frustrating it can be and how difficult it is to get rid of those dark areas on your face. Commonly referred to as "the mask of pregnancy", melasma is often associated with hormonal imbalance and exacerbated by sun exposure.
Simply explained; your hormones – progesterone, estrogen and Melanocyte-Stimulating Hormone (MSH) – stimulate melanin production in your skin to cause stubborn hyperpigmentation on areas such as your upper lip, cheeks and forehead. This unfortunate effect is further enhanced by UV exposure, which is why more common in certain parts of the world that receive more sunlight, such as Australia.
Other believed causes of melasma include genetics, thyroid disease and adrenal fatigue.
HOW DO YOU TREAT MELASMA
Unfortunately, melasma is one of the more complex skin disorders to treat because it is a reoccurring condition; in other words, even if you do manage to get rid of the spots through laser or other means, they will likely return if unless you deal with and avoid the factors that caused them in the first place.
The best thing you can do to prevent melasma is get your hormones checked and under control, and hence a visit to the doctor for a full blood panel should be your first stop. Once you have dealt with any underlying causes, the second step is to wear sunscreen to prevent more melanin from forming in affected areas. This is particularly important if you use products that contain bleach or retinol to lighten the spots, as they will make the skin more sensitive to sunlight and thus may exacerbate the skin condition.
REMEMBER THAT REGARDLESS OF YOUR PROBLEM, THERE IS ALWAYS A SOLUTION
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