Melasma, also known medically as chloasma faciei, is a form of hyperpigmentation characterized by the development of brown or gray-brown patches on the skin. Although melasma may appear anywhere on the body, it frequently develops on the face, particularly the forehead, cheeks, chin, and bridge of the nose, which are often exposed to the sun. While sun exposure is believed to exasperate this condition, melasma is often a result of hormonal changes and women are more susceptible to this hormonal pigmentation than men. As a result, it has been nicknamed “the mask of pregnancy.” However, women who are taking birth control pills or undergoing hormone replacement therapy are also prone to melasma. Understandably, this condition can result in embarrassment and may even impact an individual’s self-esteem. Luckily, there are a number of treatment options available, including the HydraFacial MD®.
In order to prevent the development of melasma, it is crucial to protect your skin from the sun. A high SPF broad-spectrum sunscreen should be applied daily to shield your skin from harmful UV rays.
In addition, topical therapy can be used to both prevent and treat melasma. Topical vitamin C and vitamin E application will help to protect your skin from the sun, while medical applications such as hydroquinone, kojic acid, and azelaic acid are reported to help with the treatment of melasma though individual results vary.
A chemical peel, which exfoliates one or more layers of the skin, is an effective treatment option for melasma. At Philosophy of Beauty, we offer a salicylic acid peel to address the discoloration caused by melasma and other types of hyperpigmentation, improving the overall tone and texture of the skin.
The HydraFacial MD® treatment is one of the most effective options for individuals who suffer from melasma, as it works to gently resurface the skin, improving its overall quality. This 4-step process, which involves cleansing, exfoliating, hydrating, and nourishing the skin, is completely customized to suit the individual needs of the patient. Thus, when treating individuals with melasma, salicylic acid will be utilized in combination with serums that are rich in antioxidants in order to help reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation.
After thoroughly cleansing and exfoliating your skin, eliminating built up dirt and debris, a Glysal™ serum, comprised of salicylic and glycolic acids will be used as part of the Vortex-Peel™, designed to resurface and rejuvenate skin. Next, the Extraction™ nozzle tip is used in combination with Beta-HD serum, containing salicylic acid. A Britenol Boost serum, formulated to reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation can also be utilized as part of the optional Vortex-Boost™ step of the HydraFacial. This facial is a powerful way to begin noticeably revitalizing the look of your skin.
To learn more about the prevention or treatment of melasma, we welcome you to schedule a complimentary consultation with a member of our team of skin care experts. At Philosophy of Beauty, we are proud to offer both Chemical Peels and HydraFacial MD® treatments, which can effectively minimize the appearance of melasma, by restoring and invigorating the skin.