As the summer comes to an end, being out in the sun has not only brought many fun memories but could have possibly triggered Melasma, a hyperpigmentation skin condition that is sometimes caused by sun exposure. If you’re struggling with dark patches of skin because of melasma consider reading the various treatment options to reverse this common skin issue and achieve a healthy, even complexion.
What is melasma?
Also known as the “mask of pregnancy”, melasma is more common in individuals with darker skin and those with a sensitivity to estrogen and progesterone. Melasma can also be caused by sun exposure, as the pigment cells responsible for the color of our skin can be stimulated by UV rays. There are non-invasive treatments that can balance the hormones in your body especially after going through a pregnancy, as well as other further invasive treatments continue reading to find out.
Micro-needling treatments can also treat hyperpigmentation and melasma, and its ability to smooth fine lines and wrinkles through the cosmetic procedure. Microneedles are tiny needles (typically measuring 0.1–1 mm in length) that can be used to create pores in the outermost layer of skin to better enable the absorption of topical creams to penetrate deeper into the skin and encourage collagen production.
Chemical peels are a topical chemical solution an aesthetician applies to dark patches that lead to shedding the top layer of skin, resulting in the removal of the unwanted pigmented areas. This treatment option is more intensive and requires some downtime and avoiding direct sunlight for a couple of weeks. And don’t forget the magic ingredient: SPF!
Melasma can also be caused by the side effects of medication, having a diet that is rich in phytoestrogens can prevent this skin condition. Phytoestrogens are the dietary estrogen in fruits and vegetables, it also helps replace estrogen, a hormone released in a woman's body. This non-invasive treatment rebalances the hormones as well as repair the sun damage to the skin.
When expensive aesthetic treatments aren’t an option, our Blass Balm is the perfect on-the-go dark spot corrector to keep your skin hydrated and protected year-round. The Blass Balm treats a variety of skin conditions from hyperpigmentation to scarring, especially Melasma to promote a radiant even skin tone, with all-natural ingredients such as vitamin C and vitamin E.
Getting a sufficient amount of vitamins and minerals in your diet is key to treating Melasma, also adding skin protection against harmful UV rays to prevent any skin damage. We highly suggest if you notice signs of melasma on your body have it checked out by a dermatologist or primary care physician. Shop the full Blass skincare line for even more products to keep your skin healthy and glowing!