Melasma, characterized as a skin hyperpigmentation disorder, affects anyone as it is considered as a common skin problem. Study shows that it leaves a symmetrical brown to gray-brown, or even dark patches on your skin. Melasma also has a tendency to appear on other parts of the body that gets exposed to lots of sun, such as forearms, neck, chin, forehead, cheeks, nose, and upper lip. But no need to worry as there are ways on how to get rid of melasma on face.

Women are more likely affected by this skin disorder versus the percentage of men experiencing melasma. The condition is so common during pregnancy to the extent of naming melasma as “the mask of pregnancy.” The percentage of affected expectant mothers run around an average of 50 to 75%, while 10% of people who get melasma are men. Another study about this says that people with darker skin, such as those of Latin/Hispanic, North African, African-American, Asian, Indian, Middle Eastern, or Mediterranean descent are more likely to get melasma. People who have a blood relative who had melasma also are much more likely to get this certain skin condition as well.

Having melasma will give your face an effect of darker looking freckles and moles. What causes melasma is not yet clear but it happens when the color-making cells in the skin produce too much color. Common causes start with being out in the sun for too long, using skin care products that can irritate your skin, using birth control pills, and a change in hormones. If you have the condition, it is important to know more about melasma treatment on face.

There are many ways on how to get rid melasma. Common treatments are as follows:

1. Melasma may clear up spontaneously without treatment. Avoiding sun exposure and constant application of sunscreen would help.

2. Over-the-counter melasma cream products that can be applied one or more times daily, depending on the instructions provided.

3. A study shows that aloe vera can be a home remedy. Pregnant women stated aloe vera preparation significantly improved their melasma.

4. Chemical peel is one melasma treatment on face which includes certain procedures that cause the skin to exfoliate while being treated. Peeling off will result in a smoother, less damaged skin.

5. Discontinuation of birth control pills and hormone therapy works as a treatment. This way, your hormones wouldn’t change from time to time.

6. Intake an over-the-counter medication. Most recommendable product is an oral capsule that should be dermatologically-tested and proven to lighten dark spots or Melasma. Look for ingredients like Procyanidin, Ascorbic acid (Vitamin C), Beta Carotene (Vitamin A) and d-Alpha-Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E). These are  proven to be safe and effective among Filipino women with epidermal melasma. It also fights the damaging free radicals and controls the overproduction of melanin to normal level in skin cells.

Friendly reminder that no treatment will work overnight. It can take a few weeks to see improvement until you reach your desired result.

Whether you are treating melasma with medication or any types of treatment mentioned above, always remember to protect yourself. As much as possible, one can prevent this skin disorder with proper skin care within oneself.

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