There are currently so many questions on this topic on Instagram and during our telephone consultations – especially because of the season after a whole summer sun exposure!
What is Melasma?
The British Skin Foundation defines Melasma – also known as chloasma or pregnancy mask – as
A common skin condition in adults in which brown or gray pigment spots (color) develop, mostly on the face.
First, it is important to remove some myths in order to calm down. Melasma is not contagious. It is neither an allergy nor an infection, so the skin does not feel itchy, raised, or painful. After all, it is completely independent of cancer and will no longer develop into skin cancer in the future.
Why do I have it?
It is believed that melasma arises when too much pigment is formed in the skin cells. It is a fairly complex state, and therefore it can be difficult to offer a solution because it has to be looked for on a case-by-case basis. It is crucial to understand what caused the outbreak of the melasma, as this often helps to present the solution.
For example, many women can develop melasma during pregnancy or as part of hormonal contraception, and this appears to be a common side effect. Once the baby comes or the method of contraception is changed, it may fade. So melasma can fade naturally and you just need to be patient in these cases. If you are, I recommend that you focus primarily on prevention.
Sarah's Advice on Eliminating Melasma
To avoid deterioration, I strongly recommend avoiding sun exposure and using a SPF every day. Adding a nourishing rosehip oil to your evening program also helps because it is an irritating skin regenerator.
If the outbreak has another reason – it can be genetic or caused by excessive exposure to UV light – you should see a dermatologist. There are many different treatment methods, some of which are quite strict. Therefore, you should seek advice from a professional dermatologist before embarking on this route.
Remember, if you have questions about your skin or are not sure which product or routine is best for you, we offer a free 30-minute skin advice service. Book your now on paiskincare.com .