Melasma – A Hormonal Pigmentation

What is Melasma?

Melasma is a common skin condition that mostly affect women. This skin condition occurs in adulthood due to hormonal change. Melasma can be described as light to dark brown or greyish pigmentation on the skin.

Mostly common in women of darker skin types, who live in sunnier climates. Melasma is often more noticeable in the summer that in the winter, due to the sun rays triggers the darkening of Melasma. 


Is Melasma life threatening?

Melasma is neither contagious or cancerous. Therefore, the condition is not life threatening in any way. 


What causes Melasma?

Often Melasma is caused by hormonal changes in the body. Hormonal changes occur as a result of pregnancy , hormonal drugs, such as contraception or hormonal medical condition. Research have shown, that increased sun exposure and use of sun beds worsens Melasma. Therefore, the best preventative measure would be to limit the amount of UV exposure. 


Is Melasma hereditary?

People with Melasma often notice other family members with  this skin condition.Therefore, Melasma is inherited throughout generation.

How can I tell if I have Melasma?

Melasma appears on the face, cheeks, forehead, upper lip, nose and chin. For some individual it can be limited to certain areas, such as the cheeks and nose. Melasma is skin like patches that have darker than normal skin. Melasma is symmetrical and is not raised, itchy or sore.


How is Melasma diagnosed?

Melasma is diagnosed by a dermatologist or by skincare specialist who are able to identify its characteristics and appearance. Deep pigmentation such as Melasma is harder to treat as it is brought about by hormonal changes in the body.


What can be done to treat Melasma? 

Melasma can not be cured it is a condition that will always need battling. The best way to keep Melasma suppressed is to have regular chemical peels, laser therapy or microneedling. Hence, this will lighten the color of the pigment.


Tips for those with Melasma:

  •  Use SPF 50 Broad Spectrum Daily
  • Limit extreme sun exposure
  • Use suitable skincare that is designed for Melasma will help with the condition.
  • Avoid triggers, such as hormone therapy or birth control pills.


At Saints European, we have specially designed products and  skin treatments suited for people with Melasma. To find out more call our friendly team today !

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