Will My Children Get Melasma?

August 31, 2011

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Melasma is a skin disorder where the skin changes color in a process known as discoloration. The skin changes to black or tan. This mostly affects light skinned people as they have less melanin. Living in a region with intense sunlight puts you at a higher risk. This skin condition is noncancerous.

Most parents wonder whether their children can get melasma. The answer to this can be found by understanding the causes of the skin condition. Melasma is hereditary. This means that it can be passed from parent to child, from generation to generation. If you have a family history of melasma, then your child has a chance of getting this skin condition. In this case, there is nothing you can do to prevent your child form getting melasma.

Overexposure to the sun puts one at risk of melasma. Children do like playing a lot and it is part of their life and growth. The sun is very harmful when it comes to what it does to the skin. The sun damages the skin and leads to excessive production of melanin. Ensure that your child avoids plying in the sun. Your child must play in a shade or even play in the house. There is plenty of involving indoor games that your child could engage in. your child should also avoid going out in the sun when it is peak. The sun is at is best between 10.00 am and 3.00 pm. Your child should always use sunscreen of broad spectrum when out in the sun. Sunscreen shields the skin from the harmful UV light.

People with light skins are very susceptible to melasma. This is even more risky when the person is exposed to intense sunlight. If this is the state with your child, take precautions.

As you treat melasma, you should keep in mind that you will retrogress if your use good treatment and still expose your child to the sun. Please ensure that your child avoids the sun when undergoing treatment.

Finally, it is very important to note that melasma affects anyone. It can be spotted in children, women and men. It is not a respecter of age. Nevertheless, it is a harmless skin condition and treatment for it is only sought for cosmetic purposes. As you seek treatment, bear in mind that melasma is difficult to treat and you need to be patient and committed to the treatment.

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