Updated: Feb 24, 2021
This is a condition that is near and dear to my heart because I struggle with melasma on my forehead and it makes me incredibly self-conscious.
Melasma is a form of hyper pigmentation that causes brown, tan, or blue-gray patches on the skin, primarily on the face on the forehead, cheeks, upper lip, nose, and chin. It’s a common condition and is not dangerous, but it can cause a lot of unhappiness for those that suffer from it.
The specific cause of melasma is not fully understood, but it is believed to be triggered by hormonal changes, UV exposure, and skin irritation. These factors can cause melanocytes, the color-making cells in the skin, to over-produce pigment in certain areas, resulting in the darker spots. If you believe that your melasma is caused by hormones, do some research on diet suggestions.
In general, women are more likely than men to develop melasma, and it is particularly prevalent during pregnancy. People with darker skin and those with relatives who have melasma are also more likely to develop the condition.
It’s not necessarily an easy condition to fix (speaking from experience), but here are some tips -
USE PRODUCTS WITH THESE ACIDS:
HOME CARE REGIMEN:
Note: all of these products can be purchased from our online store.
Discoloration Bar (let sit on skin for a few minutes before rinsing off)
Cellular Repair Concentrate
Cobra Eye Serum
Discoloration Bar (double cleanser and let sit on skin for a few minutes before rinsing off)
Retinoxyl Elixir or Chiral-A (ask us about combining this with our 5% Glycolic Solution!)
Clarifying Serum (spot treatment)
Cobra Eye Serum
Brightening Lotion or 5% Glycolic Creme
Brightening Masque (2 times per week, after scrub or enzyme)
Cranberry Scrub (1 time per week)
Pumpkin Enzyme (1 time per week)
My Skin Buddy
Reverse damage from the inside out! Purchase a product such as Skin Complete (can be purchased from our online store)
Wear a hat and avoid the sun 365 days a year! We all love a good tan, but it’s just not worth it! The sun will cause additional discolorations and cause aging. You also NEED to wear a mineral (NOT chemical) sunscreen EVERY DAY and a hat whenever you can.
Note: there is no guarantee that melasma will be improved with these procedures. In some cases, if treatments are too harsh or abrasive, melasma can be induced or worsen.