Melasma is the appearance of brown, splotchy areas found primarily on the face. These spots typically appear after sun exposure or during pregnancy, which is why the condition is often referred to as “pregnancy mask.” Although there are no additional symptoms and it doesn’t cause any medical problems, many women dislike the appearance of Melasma. Fortunately, there are several successful techniques for treating and minimizing this skin condition.
How to Avoid Melasma
Outside of pregnancy and oral contraceptives, sun exposure is the most common trigger for Melasma. Fortunately, women can employ several preventative measures when they know they will be spending long periods of time outdoors.
- Buy a big floppy hat. Protect your face from the power of UV rays and avoid the risk of activating Melasma. Since it primarily appears on the forehead, nose, cheeks, and other facial regions, a hat is an excellent form of protection.
- Apply (and reapply) sunscreen regularly. While extremely high-level sunscreens aren’t necessarily the option, finding a Broad Spectrum 30 or 50 SPF to apply routinely can significantly decrease the possibility of Melasma.
Everyone enjoys spending a day lounging by the pool, but when women truly want to avoid Melasma, keeping these types of activities to a minimum is wise.
When Melasma occurs, there are several methods for minimizing the spots and restoring a healthy tone to your face. Cosmetic Enhancement Center of New England relies on the outstanding products from Obagi Medical to treat patients with Melasma. After years of experience, CEC has moved away from laser treatments for this condition after seeing contradictory results in several cases. Medical grade skin care products and chemical peels have proven more effective for reducing the effects of Melasma.
Cosmetic Enhancement Center of New England is interested in providing tangible results for individuals struggling with skin conditions like Melasma. When the sun or pregnancy hormones start to bring those unwanted brown spots to the surface, trust our team to find the right treatment option to keep your skin glowing.