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Melasma: All You Need to Know About This Skin Condition September 2023

Updated: October 9, 2022

Do you have brown patches on your skin? If so, you may have melasma. Melasma is a common skin condition that can affect both men and women. In this post, we will discuss all you need to know about melasma. We will talk about the causes, symptoms, and treatment options for this condition.

1. What is melasma and what are the symptoms?

Melasma is a common skin condition that causes brown or gray patches on the skin. Melasma can occur on the face, neck, chest, arms, and legs. The patches often appear on both sides of the face and are more common in women than men. Melasma can occur at any age but is most common in women who are pregnant or taking birth control pills.

Symptoms of melasma include brown or gray patches on the skin. These patches are usually symmetrical, meaning they occur on both sides of the face. The patches may be darker than your skin color or the same color as your skin. Melasma is not painful or itchy.

2. What are the causes of melasma and who is at risk for developing it?

The exact cause of melasma is unknown. However, it is thought to be caused by a combination of factors, including hormonal changes, sun exposure, and genetics.

Hormonal changes are the most common cause of melasma. Pregnancy and taking birth control pills can increase the levels of hormones in your body and lead to the development of melasma. Sun exposure can also cause melasma. Ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun can trigger the production of melanin, which leads to the development of brown patches on the skin. Melasma is more common in people with darker skin tones because they have more melanin in their skin. People who have a family history of melasma are also more likely to develop the condition.

3. How is melasma diagnosed and treated?

Melasma is usually diagnosed by a physical examination. Your dermatologist or aesthetician will look at your skin and ask about your medical history.

4. What can you do to prevent or reduce the appearance of melasma on your skin?

There is no cure for melasma. However, there are treatments that can help lighten the dark patches on your skin. Treatments include topical creams, chemical peels, and laser therapy.

Wearing sunscreen is the best way to prevent melasma. Be sure to use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. Apply sunscreen to all exposed areas of skin, including your face, neck, chest, and hands. Reapply sunscreen every two hours or after swimming or sweating. If you are pregnant or taking birth control pills, talk to your doctor about other ways to prevent melasma.

5. Are there any home remedies that can help improve the appearance of melasma?

There are no home remedies that have been proven to treat melasma. However, some people find that certain home remedies help lighten the dark patches on their skin. These home remedies include aloe vera, lemon juice, and turmeric.

If you have brown patches on your skin, see a dermatologist or aesthetician for treatment.

6. How does one go about finding a qualified aesthetician in their area?

There are a few ways to find a qualified aesthetician in your area. You can ask your doctor for a referral or search the internet.

When searching for an aesthetician, be sure to find one who is experienced in treating melasma. Ask friends or family members if they have any recommendations. Once you find an aesthetician, be sure to ask about their qualifications and experience. Ask to see before and after pictures of their previous clients.

Most aestheticians will offer a free consultation. This is a great opportunity to ask questions and get to know the aesthetician.

Be sure to tell the aesthetician about your goals for treatment. Be honest about your expectations.

After you receive treatment, be sure to follow the aesthetician’s instructions for care. This will help ensure the best possible results. If you are not happy with the results of your treatment, be sure to speak with the aesthetician. They may be able to offer additional treatments or refer you to another specialist.

Melasma can be a frustrating condition to live with, but thankfully there are treatments available that can help improve the appearance of your skin. If you’re interested in learning more about treatment options for melasma, book a consultation with one of our qualified aestheticians today. We would be happy to answer any questions you have and help you find the best treatment plan for you!

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Lauren Siso, Esthetician

Lauren has been medical aesthetician and laser practitioner for over 10 years and is passionate about helping her clients achieve their best skin possible. Lauren truly believes that everyone deserves to feel confident in their own skin and is dedicated to helping her clients achieve that goal!

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Lauren Siso, Medical Aesthetician at ELLEMES Medical Spa