Combat Melasma With Skin Rejuvenation
Melasma is a skin condition that effects many people. This frustrating darkening of the skin can affect women as well as men. You'll know it’s melasma when you see dark shadowing in patches on the forehead, cheeks, and upper lip. These patches will be a mirror image on each side of the face and flair up more in heat and with sun exposure.
Melasma occurs when the pigment producing cells of the skin, called melanocytes, begin to produce too much pigment. This leads to the development of large tan to brown patches on the skin.
This condition is sometimes called the “pregnancy mask” as it can occur due to increased amounts of female hormones due to pregnancy, or birth control. Sun exposure, heat, severe skin dryness, some cosmetics, and inflammation are other participating factors.
Melasma can occur in all skin tones, but is more common in patients with darker skin tones and it will sometimes be a more common occurrence within families.
Melasma lasts decades, so you will need a treatment plan that is lifelong. Treatment often begins with a skincare regimen composed of a daily sunscreen, moisturizers, and skincare brighteners.
Some of the more common skin brighteners include hydroquinone, vitamin C, azelaic acid, and vitamin A. Skin care regimens alone however, may not be the cure-all for the stubborn melasma.
It is found that chemical peels such as the Perfect Derma Peel for melasma works very well. The active ingredients are, TCA, Retinoic acid, Salicylic acid, Kojic acid, Phenol, Glutathione, and Vitamin C.
Another great option is micro needling treatments. This treatment uses needles to puncture the skin causing a controlled wound. This in turn will help shed the pigment that is surfaced and stuck in the upper dermal layers of the skin.
This causes increased blood supply to the area where new collagen and healthy cells form, allowing your skin’s texture to improve and reducing the appearance of melasma and other types of hyperpigmentation.
It might not be intuitive, but IPL or other laser treatments are not recommended and can sometimes worsen melasma, as it is exposed to both heat and light. Both elements risk having a high chance of causing a flare up within the skin, affecting the pigment which can cause post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation and potentially worsen the condition.
Our October special is a very effective way to treat melasma with skin rejuvenation in Springfield Missouri. We are combining micro needling with specific targeted treatments and products to address this frustrating condition. This package includes micro needling, a brightening Oxygeneo 3-in-1 super facial, and the Environ Youth EssentiA Vita-peptide serum for $500.
With cell turnover, you also have antioxidants that inhibit melanin production and brighten the skin. Oxygeneo brightening facials, microdermabrasion alongside a chemical peel will also assist in that added and necessary cell turnover and exfoliation.
Melasma is known to reoccur despite using chemical peels, micro needling, microdermabrasion, and other known treatments. Long term maintenance after treatment is very important. Using medical grade products and physical sunscreens must be done daily rain or shine.
If you are dealing with melasma, Advanced Laser Clinic is here to help. Call 417-883-5400 today and we can help determine what options are best for you.