What Does Melasma Look Like

February 22, 2012

Melasma is a condition that affects the skin by developing dark patches on the face. Melasma can occur on the inner layer of the skin called the dermal layer or the outer layer of the skin called epidermal layer. It is common among women as compared to men. This is so because of hormones that are found in the body of a woman. A doctor can diagnose Melasma by use of ultraviolet light of Wood’s lamp to look at the skin. Genetic predisposition can also determine if one can develop Melasma.

 

These hormones that contribute to Melasma are estrogen and progesterone. Estrogen and progesterone increases when a woman is pregnant. This increases the production of melanin which when exposed to sunlight develop Melasma. Women also use contraceptives which contribute to changes in hormones causing hormonal imbalance. The use of hormonal replacement therapy also contributes to the hormonal imbalance.

 

Malasma is characterized by a dark hyper pigmentation that usually appears on the face. This hyper pigmentation is usually irregular and it is well demarcated. Malasma patches appear on the nose, lips, upper cheek, upper lip and the forehead. These are areas that are mostly exposed to the sunlight and are at risk to develop malasma.

 

Sunlight has certain rays that cause Melasma. Melasma patches usually develop with time causing cosmetic discoloration which is a major concern for most women. Women always want a clear face/skin that is spotless. Melasma can cause a discomfort for women especially when it develops on the face. Patients with thyroids are also likely to develop Melasma due to excessive production of melanocyte stimulating hormone which contributes to the production of melanin.

 

There various treatment methods available which can be used to treat Melasma. A dermatologist should be consulted before treating Melasma. Different skins will require different treatment. Treatment can treat one person but this does not necessary mean that it will work for the other person. Dermatologist will be able to identify correctly the right treatment that can be used. The various treatments that can be used include but not limited to following

 

Bleaching creams

Bleaching cream can be used to lighten the dark pigmentation on the skin. These creams may contain a lightening agent called hydroquinone which is paired with retinoid to increase cell turnover.

 

Chemical peel

They are used to cause exfoliation to increase cell turnover. Chemical peels that are used include glycolic acid peels and they are mixed with bleaching creams to treat Melasma.

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February 15, 2012

Chloasma is a skin condition that had been linked with the feminine gender over time. But recent researches had shown that it can also affect men. There is also no race that the skin condition can’t affect. Researches had also been conducted to show that the skin condition commonly affects those who have more skin melanin. If your skin can get tanned easily, then you stand a very good chance of having the skin condition.

If you like and you are not bothered by the discoloration of your skin caused by chloasma, you may decide to leave it untreated. This is because the skin condition does not have any negative heath effect at all. But in case you are already getting bothered about the discoloration it can cause on your skin, you can then look for ways to get it treated. Some people may also decide to cover the spots of chloasma with make up instead of treating it.

Try chemical peel

Chemical peel can be helpful in treating this skin condition. The chemical peel involves the use of a rather acidic substance on the skin.  The chemical peel can just be applied to the area of the skin where the spots are occurring. Before long, the spots will be removed from the skin and you will also end up with a rather firmer skin than before. This method can be performed at home and you are sure of getting quick result.

IPL

IPL stands for Intense Pulse Light therapy. This therapy is one of the most dependable methods for treating the skin condition. This method is carried out in a hospital under the direction of a dermatologist. This therapy does not require the use of laser. It is also not painful at all.  It is not as expensive as the laser therapy and this is making it to be more popular all over the place for treating chloasma.

Topical creams

Topical creams too had been discovered to be helpful in treating the skin condition. The topical creams contain lightening agents that can help you to lighten the skin and the chloasma spots on them. This will help you to get rid of the skin condition and you will be able to regain your normal skin color back.

Conclusion

While you are applying any of the home treatment methods on chloasma, it will be in your best interest to carry your doctor along. This will help prevent any possible complication.

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February 8, 2012

Melasma is a kind of skin condition that is more common in female. Males too are affected but only about 10% of cases had been reported in males. The skin condition comes with a brownish appearance. It can also affect every race. It is usually seen on areas of the body where there is consistent contact with the sun. Some drugs have also been associated with the appearance of the skin condition.  Use of contraceptives and pregnancy too can lead to its formation on the skin. The pigmentation can come up on several parts of the body and it can have this disfiguring appearance on the skin. Most women of child bearing age can end up with this skin condition.

In case the presence of this skin condition is already giving you some worries, this write up will show you what to do in order to get rid of it from your skin. The methods to be highlighted below will help with complete removal of the melasma within a rather short period of time.

Use of sunscreen

Since melasma can be caused by direct contact of the sun on the skin, one of the best ways to get it treated is to make use of sunscreen. The sunscreen can help to get the skin covered and it will prevent direct glare of the sun on the skin. This method helps to prevent formation of melasma and it had been proved to be one of the best ways to deal with the skin problem.  While you are making use of sunscreen to cure melasma, it is important to use it on daily basis. If you fail to be consistent, the method may not work against the melasma and your skin will be covered with it.

Topical creams

It is also possible to get rid of melasma through the use of topical creams. Some topical creams are specially made for this skin condition. What you need to do is to apply the topical creams the same way you will apply every other cream. The topical creams have bleaching effect on the melasma and this will make the skin condition to fade away with time.

Conclusion

Many of the topical creams used for removing melasma contain hydroquinone. Hydroquinone is a bleaching agent and it can have negative impact on the skin if it is too much. Make sure that the topical cream does not contain more than 2-4% hydroquinone.

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Melasma is a common skin disorder among the feminine human beings as compared to their male counterparts. The explanation to this variation between the two genders is due to the hormones that women have. However it known hat the biological composition between the two is different and this could be the explanation for the same.

 

The Dermal Melasma disorder is characterized by skin hyper pigmentation or skin discoloration. Pregnant women are known to be at the higher risk due to their hormonal imbalance. Women who use contraceptives as well as those who use hormonal replacement therapy are also likely to develop Melasma.

 

Dermal Melasma is a type of skin disorder that is known to affect the inner part of the skin which is referred in scientific terms as the dermal layer. Dark hyper pigmentation well demarcated that appears on the upper part of cheeks, forehead, or upper lip are the common signs of Dermal Melasma.

 

Melasma is known to develop when there is exposure of the skin to the sun. Exposure to sunlight result to excessive production of melanin which therefore results in hyper pigmentation. Production of excessive melanin normally occurs when there is hormonal imbalance in the human body. Thyroid patients are known to develop Melasma if there is excessive production of melanocyte stimulating hormone which as a result leads to the production excessive melanin hence Melasma.

 

Treatment of dermal Melasma is a bit different from the treatment of other skin disorders. This is because dermal Melasma affects the inner part of the skin called the dermal layer. Unlike the epidermal Melasma which affects the outer layer of the skin and which can be treated by chemical peel among others, dermal Melasma needs laser treatment. This means that the services of a specialist are needed.

 

Under the laser treatment process, Melasma is determined if it is either dermal or epidermal by carrying out a Wood’s lamp test. In cases where Melasma is dermal, studies have shown that Fraxel laser gives better outcomes among the majority. The other method which has proved to be effective is the application of pulse light that is intensified. Dermal Melasma is known not to respond to the majority of the treatments. The use of products that contain the ingredients of mandelic acid e.g. Triluma cream makes the Dermal Melasma to be lighter. The other medications which give the same results include Triwings LED system and Fraxel laser

 

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Melasma is a condition that involves the discoloration of the skin usually on the face. Melasma is a result of too much exposure to sunlight. Melasma patches appear on the nose, lips, upper cheek, upper lip and the forehead. It mostly occurs in women than men. Genetic predisposition and hormonal imbalance plays a major role to determine if one will develop Melasma or not.

 

What causes hormonal imbalance

Hormonal imbalance in pregnant women is common and thus more likely to be affected by Melasma. Those women who use oral contraceptives and hormonal replacement therapy are at risk and can get Melasma too.

 

Hormonal imbalance during pregnancy

Pregnant women can get Melasma due to hormonal change in their bodies and when they give birth it disappears. When pregnant women experience changes in their hormones leading to production of estrogen it causes excessive production of melanin. When exposed to sunlight Melasma is developed.

 

Oral contraceptives

Those using oral contraceptives are also at a risk of developing Melasma. Oral contraceptives contain hormones and this can lead to excessive production of melanin hence malasma.

 

Hormonal replacement therapy

Hormonal replacement therapy is another cause of hormonal changes in the body. It can lead to more production of estrogen which in return causes too much production of melanin. When exposed to sunlight one develops Melasma.

Malasma treatment can differ from one individual to another. It is therefore important that you consult a doctor before treating Melasma. A dermatologist will help you determine the best treatment for you skin.

A pregnant woman is advised not to use peels, beaches or any other chemical to treat Melasma. Sunscreens are more appropriate to use to prevent Melasma and they should be applied all day.

 

Other people who are not pregnant after consulting with the doctor, can use the appropriate treatment to treat Melasma. Some of the treatments available include creams for lightening the skin, use of laser treatment, use of chemical peels among others.

 

Creams contain a chemical compounds called hydroquinone which helps to reduce production of melanin by stopping production of estrogen. This chemical is applied on the affected area in a form of alcohol solution. Too much hydroquinone can cause adverse effects.

 

Chemical peels that can be used include glycolic acid peels which can be mixed with bleaching creams to achieve better results.

Laser method can be used for treating Melasma and it can achieve best result. It is expensive method for treating Melasma.

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Are you using birth pills and suffering from Melasma? Birth control pill can cause hormonal imbalance in your body leading to Melasma. Birth control pill can change the level of estrogen and progesterone hence causing dark patches spot on the face. Pregnancy can also cause Melasma due to hormonal imbalance during pregnancy.

Getting Melasma while using birth control pill doesn’t mean that you should stop using them, there are a number of treatments you can use to treat Melasma.

You could be wondering how you can treat Melasma effectively and achieve a spotless face. Melasma can some time be hard to treat. It is advisable that you consult a dermatologist to determine the best treatment that you can use to treat Melasma. There are a number of treatments that can be used. What is important is for you to determine the kind of Melasma that is affecting you and choose the best treatment that suits you.

There are two types of Melasma and they will require different treatment because of their nature and location on the skin. Dermal Melasma it develop on the inner part of the skin and epidermal Melasma develop on the outer layer of the skin.

Before you think on how you can treat Melasma, it is important to consider preventing its development. The use of sunscreens can help a lot to prevent the development of Melasma. Applying sunscreen daily can protect the skin from harmful sun rays that cause Melasma.

Never give up in treating Melasma; continued treatment can lead to the disappearance of Melasma from your face. Though in some cases; women who use birth control pill Melasma may not disappear easily. For such cases it is important that sunscreen creams are used to protect the skin from sun damage and development of Melasma.

The other treatments that can be used to treat Melasma include hydroquinone. Hydroquinone is a skin lightener that is used to lighten Melasma on the skin. There are also bleaching creams in the market that can be used to treat Melasma. They are available over the counter and they are known to help treat Melasma considerably. Other ingredients which can be used in combination to treat Melasma include glycolic acid, retinol and tretinoin.

Other natural methods that can be used to treat Melasma include the use of turmeric which is mixed with fresh cream and then applied as a face mask.

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Melasma is a skin disorder that affects the face, upper lip, lower lip and the forehead. It mostly affects pregnant women because of hormonal changes in the body. It also affects those women who use oral contraceptives. Patients who suffer from thyroid can also develop Melasma. There are countless videos on www youtube.com about melasma from home videos showing how to cover it with make up and others showing how they make and apply their own home remedy for melasma. Some of the most popular methods to treat melasma include:

 

Creams for treating Melasma

Malasma can be treated using creams. Creams guarantee absolute treatment for Melasma. You can apply the cream on the dark patches on the face by using small amount for each spot. This cream is applied in the morning and at night. Changes can be noticed after ten days of application. The spot becomes red and thus starts to disappear. The cream penetrates the skin and then it starts to destroy the spot.

After this stage one can use makeup to cover the spot. The spot heels after fourteen days of application and a new skin develops. The spot is completely heeled after twenty days.

 

Natural remedies for Melasma

Melasma can be effectively treated using natural methods such as a mixture of lemon juice and sugar, use of coconut orange juice rose water and turmeric. These methods are cheap and effective ways of treating Melasma. They cause no harm to the skin since there is no use of chemicals.

 

Lemon juice and sugar:

One of the natural methods is the use of lemon and sugar exfolitor which is made up by mixing sugar with lemon juice. Rub the mixture on the palm of you hand and then apply on the face. Finally rub your face with a wet towel. This method is cheap, economical and you can actually use it at the comfort of your home.

 

Coconut milk, orange juice, rose water and turmeric:

You need coconut milk; four spoonful of rose water, two spoonful of turmeric and one spoonful of orange juice. Mix the ingredients and apply it on your face where there are dark spots of Melasma. Wait for a half an hour and wash your face with warm or cold water.

 

Laser treatment for Melasma

This process takes ten to fifteen minutes. The treatment is done for six to eight weeks. It is used for treating epidermal and dermal Melasma. It uses ultra violet rays to destroy Melasma.

Spectra laser toning treatment produces consistency results than any other method used to treat Melasma. This method is more expensive as compared to the natural method.

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Mask Of Pregnancy

January 4, 2012

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There are several kinds of disease and conditions that had been associated with the human race. In fact, the list of possible health problem is endless. Some of the health problems are found in association with the skin and others are found in association with one form of organ or the other, the particular kind of disease that will be looked into in this simple write up is referred to as mask of pregnancy. In case you have never heard of it before, this simple write up is therefore your long awaited opportunity to get in grip of the disease condition.

What is it all about?

The mask of pregnancy is a special kind of skin condition that affects a woman who is pregnant. It has been strictly associated with pregnancy. It is also referred to as chloasma. In some situations, it can be called melasma. Several researches had been conducted into what the possible cause of melasma can be and it had been discovered to be caused by the fluctuation of your hormones and this fluctuation normally occurs during pregnancy. During pregnancy, some hormonal activities tend to increase beyond normal and this goes a long way in affecting the ability of your melanocytes to produce melanin, which is the substance that gives you your skin color.

How it manifests

Melasma shows up in form of patches with deep color on your skin. The color develops from brown to darker color as times goes on; provided the melasma is left untreated. The nipple and the labia too will be darkened by this skin condition in the same way that other affected parts of the body are darkened.

Treatment

This situation is not like many of the several skin conditions that can be easily treated at home. It is true however that some natural cures had been developed for it, but, it may be in your best interest to simply visit the hospital once you notice this skin condition on you, you also should not forget that the exposure of a pregnant woman to chemotherapy should be highly regulated,. This also indicates that nothing should be used in pregnancy without the full knowledge and go ahead of your medical doctor. It also does not matter if the drug is to be used topically or orally.  You will therefore do well to pay a visit to the hospital for comprehensive and safe treatment for this problem.

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Melasma is a very common skin condition in pregnant women. It had been found in association with this condition on several occasions. The truth however remains that it is not all pregnant women that end up with this skin condition. The number of those who have it is however much. The skin condition is due to the fluctuation of hormonal activities that occurs in pregnancy. The body is trying to adapt to the new condition it is finding itself and the hormones tend to produce more than normal to meet up with the increased need of the pregnant woman. Some of the hormones actually over produce and this often lead to the skin condition known as melasma.

Treatment

Are you looking for a way to get the skin condition treated? This simple write up is actually designed to get you educated in this regard

You do not need to always visit the hospital each time you are in pregnancy and you notice this skin condition on you. This is because the skin condition tends to disappear on its own some times after the pregnant woman had given birth. In case you do not mind bearing the brownish mark of the skin condition around all through the period of your pregnancy, you can decide to leave the thing undisturbed.

Skin lightening

There are some skin lightening products that had been made to help with this skin condition. But considering the fact that pregnancy state can be very delicate, it is never advisable to make use of many of such products on your skin. They can lead to some very adverse conditions when you want to give birth. There is however some products that you can safely use for removing the skin condition while you are pregnant. In order to choose the ones that can be used safely, you will do well to pay a visit to the hospital and have a discussion with your doctor. He or she should be able to lead you aright on the right kind of skin lightening product that you can make use of for you melasma during pregnancy.

Conclusion

Instead of making use of any topical cream for treating your melasma, some other very natural ways had been discovered for its treatment. Drinking lots of water each day can be very helpful; you can take up to eight glass cups per day. You also need to get enough sleep each day to be able to prevent and remove this skin condition.

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Melasma is skin disorder commonly found in those people who love to sit in front of sunlight without proper protection just to feel warmness. Due to unawareness, many of them suffer from Melasma. Another cause this disorder is hormonal imbalance of the body. People suffering from this disorder have brown discoloration of skin in the areas like cheeks, upper lips, chins and forehead. These are the areas which are exposed to the sunlight most of the time. The disorder is most common in the women during their reproductive years. Although Melasma can affect anybody, however statistics shows that women in most numbers are its victims. People belonging to the races like Asian, Hispanic and Mediterranean are mostly affected by the disorder, due to their darker skin pigmentation and severe exposure to the sunlight.

In women, Melasma generally transpires during pregnancy when their hormonal level is on rise. Ovarian cancer is also a general cause of Melasma. Women using the hormonal contraceptives suffer from this skin disorder. The patients with Melasma disorder may also suffer from thyroid disease.

Although Melasma is only a discoloration of skin and do not create any serious illness or disease, but still it is very irritating for the one who is aware of bad effects this disorder on his personality. Everybody wishes to have unblemished skin. So, the big question is by which method the disorder should be treated,

Treatment of Melasma is a complicated problem as the pigmentation marks due to Melasma are immovable, but still there are some home remedies that are pretty effective to remove Melasma naturally. Natural treatment takes time, but the result of this treatment is permanent and without any side effects. Below are some natural products for removing Melasma and other kinds of facial pigmentation like freckles and age spots:

  • Aloe Vera Juice is available in medical stores.  Apply it on your face for 10-15 minutes and then wash with cold water.
  • Grapefruit Seed extract is a natural ingredient but also available in capsules and pills. The extract has great antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial characteristics and very effective in treatment of Melasma.
  • Paste of turmeric is very popular as a pigmentation remover. Apply a paste of fresh cream and turmeric powder on face, wash it with cold water. Repeat the process for fortnight on daily basis.
  • A mixture of apple cider vinegar and water is also a good solution to apply on face twice a day.
  • Horseradish is another great product for removing the discoloration mark due to Melasma. It is an effective treatment. Apply once in a week and carry on until the skin become blemish free and vibrant.

 

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