Melasma: Pregnancy Mask

October 12, 2011

Most pregnant women become darker in complexion during pregnancy period.  The dark skin pigmentation is known as chloasma, melasma or pregnancy mask. It can be linked to excessive production of estrogen and progesterone in women.  Exposing skin surface to excessive sunlight is another cause of melasma.  It is more prevalent in women than men.

Melasma is a skin disorder that can really affect women’s outlook.  This is because the discoloration is normally seen on the face.  It can also affect other parts of the body like the nose, forehead, brow and cheeks.  This is due to the exposure of the body parts to excessive sunlight and the generation of melanin pigment during pregnancy.  Research has shown that 70% of women who are pregnant are affected with melasma. It is also common to women who use contraceptive pills and devices, which can be attributed to female hormones generated when the pills are taken.

Pregnancy or melasma mask does not only affect women, but everyone that is exposed to sunlight without protection and ultraviolet rays.  It can also be hereditary.  However, there is hope for everyone suffering from melasma. It can be treated by protecting the body with sunscreen when exposed to sun rays. Sunscreen also prevents major skin disease like cancer and wrinkles. People who love sun bathing can also do so in the early hours of the morning when the intensity of the sun is not high. They can make use of umbrella when the intensity of the sun is very high.

Melasma can also be treated by using skin lightening creams that contains tretinoin and hydroquinone.  The combinations of the two can results to effective removal of melasma from the surface of the skin.  However, the concentration should be minimized as it can lead to side effects that may not be too good for the skin.

Another recommended method of treating melasma is laser technology.  There are different types of laser technology in the world today, such as Fraxel Dual Laser Technology and Q-switched laser technology.  It is an effective way of removing melasma permanently from the surface of the skin.

Other methods of treating melasma include: azailic acid and chemical peels.  People suffering from melasma should consult their dermatologist before using any of the above methods of treating melasma.  This is because they are knowledgeable about skin disorders and will be able to provide solution to melasma skin disorder.


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