Melasma is a common skin condition of adults in which light to dark brown or greyish pigmentation develops, mainly on the face. Although it can affect both genders and any race, it is more common in women and people with darker skin-types who live in sunny climates. Melasma usually becomes more noticeable in the summer and improves during the winter months.
The exact cause is not known, but several factors contribute. These include pregnancy, hormonal drugs such as the contraceptive pill, and very occasionally medical conditions affecting hormone levels.
Treatments include avoiding known trigger factors, such as the oral contraceptive pill or perfumed cosmetics. Appropriate sun avoidance measures and using sun-blocking creams is crucial. Other treatments include Skin-lightening agents, Chemical peels and micro-dermabrasion and laser treatment. Also Cosmetic camouflage can be used to cover up the areas.
At Vitality we will carefully assess your hyper-pigmentation and tailor the right treatment for you. We can provide you with prescription strength skin lightening products that have been tried and tested and do not contain dangerous potent steroids. All our treatments are approved and regulated so that you know you are in safe hands.
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