Protect Your Children From Melasma

November 2, 2011

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Melasma is a condition that causes some areas of the skin to turn into a dark brown tan like color. Although melasma is absolutely a skin condition without depth and is only on the surface and has no relation in any way to cancer or any other serious health defects, it can be burdensome on the people that get it when they have to live with this condition on a daily basis.

It is mostly adult women who mostly get affected and women who have brown skin, mostly Asians and Latinas have a higher risk although there is the possibility of children developing melasma.  Being a parent there are many preventative measures that you will need to undertake in order to assist your child so that the chances of them developing melasma as they get older is greatly increased.

On the other hand, there are many factors that might enhance the possibility of your child getting melasma when they get older if you do not take some steps to arrest that possibility. The risk is there but the chance of making the possibility of that risk lesser is also there.

There are four main causes of melasma. The first is when you get exposed excessively to ultraviolet rays from the sun. The second is a high circulating blood concentration of hormones estrogen and progesterone. Thirdly, you might find that this condition is hereditary and as such you will have a predisposition to get melasma skin disorder. Finally, you might use a skin care product which ends up irritating your skin and causing an excessive production of melanchocytes which are skin pigmentation producing cells.

The above causes don’t mainly bring about the development of melasma in children but their effects might do so later in life. It is the cumulative effects of these causes that might make a child become susceptible to melasma disorder. There is a very strong link between female hormones estrogen and progesterone and melasma. When there is an advancement of these hormones due to hormone replacement therapy in menopause, due to pregnancy or because of using birth control pills, then there is a greater tendency for melasma to occur. There are additionally some medications, especially anti-seizure medications or cosmetics that might make the skin more susceptible to the sensitivity to the effects of ultraviolet light.

It is believed that 80% of the sun damage that will occur in your life will take place in the first 18 years of your life although it might be decades before that damage begins to manifest as melasma. Reducing the risk of melasma can only be done effectively if sunscreen is regularly used and if you can stay away fro direct sunlight. Daily sunscreen use with UVB and UVA protection that has an SPF of more than 30 is highly recommended even when you are within a building and not under direct sunlight. When going out, sunscreen with an SPF greater than 45 is recommended. Protective hats and clothes that cover you as much as possible are also highly recommended.

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