Melasma Treatment; Treatment Methods including IPL and Microdermabrasion

August 20, 2010

Melasma is a skin disorder that is characterized by some dark facial skin appearance with irregular borders. Melasma infections often appear on the face, forehead, lips, and nose. People who have skins that produce higher volume of melanin are believed to be highly predisposed to the infection. Though there are several treatment therapies for the infection , however , dermatologists  believed that Laser therapy, IPL { Intense Pulsed light} treatment, and Microdermabrasion are the most effective ways of treating the skin disorder.

Though the exact cause of this infection remains unknown , however certain conditions increase the risk of getting it. Increased production of melanin, extreme exposure to sunlight and inflammation, and conditions such as menopause and pregnancy are also believed to be capable of triggering the disorder. Melasma is more common among women and it is mostly found in those with darker skin tone. Pregnant women who take birth control pills as well as hormone replacement therapies are some of the groups that are most likely to contact the disorder, it is also believed that some genetic factors can also contribute to the development of melasma ,hence if you have a family history of the infection, you may likely contact it.

The Intense Pulsed light treatment{IPL} involved the use of an hand laser material which is passed over the skin surface area to target melanin, it is a form of treatment that is mostly used in treating the epidermal kind of Melasma, and when the laser material is passed over the affected skin surface area, the cells of the melanin structure in the region are energized, and in the processed destroyed. IPL treatment is fast and highly effective. Moisturizing the treated area and using sunscreen is the best possible way to ensure that this treatment is most effective.

Microdermabrasion treatment of melanoma works on the basic principle of improving cell turnover, this ensure that unwanted pigments are rapidly removed from the skin. The process involves the vacuuming of some fine crystals across the affected skin region, the vacuum process is done under  high pressure, and in most modern treatment therapies, diamond chips are often included to increase the abrasion process against the skin. Around five microdermabrassion techniques are performed for two to four weeks apart but this depend on the sensitivity or nature of your skin as well as the concentration of the pigment. Some salicylic acids can be included in this therapy to clean out the skin pores while the microdermabrasion processes are going on.

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