Melasma often starts as a minor annoyance. But as the brown or pink skin patches expand and become more prevalent on your skin, they may start to bother you. Sure, you can temporarily cover them in makeup, but at the end of the day, they are still there. Melasma is most common on the face, but it may also appear on your arms, neck, or shoulders.
So, how do you get rid of it? Well, you should start by seeing your doctor to ensure any underlying conditions that may be contributing to your melasma — like thyroid disorders and allergies — are being treated. Then, you can head to a medical spa. There are several treatments medical spas offer that can help reduce the appearance of melasma.
Chemical peels are treatments that use strong preparations of acid to remove the outermost layers of your skin. In melasma, it is often these outermost layers that are the most pigmented. So, when you remove them with a chemical peel, you reveal the less-pigmented, healthier-looking skin beneath. Chemical peels can be quite effective against melasma, but they do cause some redness and peeling for a few days after treatment. So, if you choose this treatment option, don't schedule it right before an important meeting or interview.
Another option is to have a laser treatment performed on your melasma patches. The laser works in two ways. First, it helps break up the pigments that are behind your melasma spots, which will make the spots less obvious. Second, it helps activate and energize your healthy skin cells, causing them to proliferate in the days and weeks following treatment. This should help the appearance of your melasma diminish over time. Laser treatment is mild and gentle, but it may take a few treatments to get the appearance you desire.
If your melasma patches are textured, then your medical spa practitioner may recommend microneedling. This procedure involves the insertion of many, tiny needles into your skin patches. The needles stimulate the skin and cause it to produce more collagen, which helps improve its texture and color in the days following treatment. Microneedling does cause soreness and irritation for a few days post-treatment, so make sure you prepare for this.
Melasma can be a pain to deal with, but there are ways to manage the symptoms. Talk to a medical spa practitioner to learn more about these treatments.
For me, summer is a busy season. During this beautiful, warm time of the year, I like to go to the beach, play with my dog outside, go swimming, and engage in other fun outdoor activities. Because I spend more time outside during the summer months, having a low maintenance hairstyle is crucial. I prefer to keep my hair shoulder-length at this time. In doing so, I can put my hair up in a ponytail. However, because my hair isn’t extremely long, it won’t get weighed down by stifling humidity. If you like to spend your days in the great outdoors when the weather is warm outside, consider visiting a salon near you in order to get a fun, new hairstyle. On this blog, I hope you will discover the best haircuts for outdoor enthusiasts, no matter the season.