what is melasma, and why does it occur?

Melasma hyperpigmentation – what is melasma, and why does it occur?

Melasma-Treatment

Melasma, also known as cholasma or pregnancy marks, is a common skin condition characterized by asymmetrical dark brown patches that typically appear on face – cheeks, forehead and upper lips. The conditions gets its name from a Greek word “melas” that means black. Although the discolored patches are never black, they are darker as compared to surrounding skin and are mostly dark brown or grayish.

Although melasma can affect both genders, it is more common in females, probably because the underlying cause is mostly female reproductive hormones called estrogen and progesterone. Even in women, it is more common in those with olive or darker skin tone. According to a survey, over six million women in US are suffering from mild to severe melasma, with the number exceeding 45 million worldwide. Besides pregnancy, there are several other factors as well contributing to the appearance of melasma marks on your face. These include excessive sun exposure, genetics, oral contraceptives, hormone treatment therapy. Sometimes allergy to certain medications and cosmetic can also result in formation of melasma marks on cheeks or forehead. Stress and anxiety are also often associated with this type of skin discoloration.

Although there is no cure for melasma as off now, there are numerous home remedies as well as cosmetic procedures that can help fade melasma marks.

Coconut Milk and Turmeric for Melasma:

Mix 2 tablespoons of coconut milk and one tablespoon of rosewater. Then add 1 tablespoon of turmeric powder to get a thick paste. Also add in 1 teaspoon lemon juice to the paste and mix well. Apply this paste on the melasma marks and let it sit for about half an hour. After that wash your face with lukewarm water and pat dry. Repeat process this daily for a month, every time making a fresh paste, and see the dark spots fading away.

Skin Lightening Treatment for Melasma:

For all those seeking instant, guaranteed solution for melasma, Skin Lightening Treatment may be worth considering. The procedure uses high intensity laser beams to break down accumulated melanin underneath epidermis, without damaging upper skin layers or the surrounding tissues.

Laser Skin Care offers numerous options for Melasma Treatment, including chemical peels, Microdermabrasion, laser skin resurfacing and IPL treatment. For further details contact us now via our online consultation form.

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