What is Melasma?
Melasma is a skin disorder which can affect both men and women; however it is more common for women to have the condition. It is often seen on women during pregnancy and is sometimes called the “mask of pregnancy”. It appears on the face as a skin rash which is darker in color than the rest of the skin and has irregular borders. Melasma usually looks like a symmetrical pattern on the cheeks, nose, lips, and/or forehead. It may also appear on the upper arms. The skin darkening can be greatly varied in color.
Melasma has been seen in all ethnicities and cultures but it is much more common in Arabs, Hispanics, Asians and North Africans or in those who have higher levels of melanin in their skin. People with fair skin may also experience melasma, albeit a lighter shade which is not always easy to spot.
Alternatives to Laser Skin Resurfacing
Microdermabrasion is a common and effective treatment option for melasma. Microdermabrasion is a good option for you if:
You are looking for a treatment which involves no down-time
You prefer a treatment which is minimally-invasive
You are seeking an option for melasma with little to no side effects
Microdermabrasion works by sanding the outer skin layers off in order to remove dead skin cells. This process renews the skin’s texture and pigmentation. It works by using tiny crystals (or other abrasive substance) which are applied onto the skin’s surface with a special tool. The crystals are removed, and immediately the skin’s appearance is improved. Since microdermabrasion treats only the top layers of skin, there is hardly any risk involved and little to no side effects at all. Microdermabrasion can be done in the comfort and privacy of your own home whenever you have free time.
Skin Rx recommends Microdermabrasion Kit #4.
Skin Lightening Cream
Skin lightening creams work to lighten skin by decreasing the production of melanin pigment granules at different stages while also breaking down the melanin already present. Hydroquinone is the active ingredient in most skin lightening creams and can be purchased without a prescription at up to 2% concentration. This highly effective treatment for melasma is inexpensive, non-invasive, and typically has no side effects.
If you want to try a skin lightening cream to treat your melasma, try Skin Rx’s Skin Lightener.
If you are not ready for a laser skin treatment and want to try real alternatives with proven results, microdermabrasion or skin lightening creams may be right for you.