Melasma / hormonal pigmentation
What is melasma skin pigmentation?
Melasma is facial pigmentation stimulated by UV radiation and circulating oestrogens from the contraceptive pill, pregnancy and hormone replacement therapy (HRT).
Melasma is found on sun-exposed areas of your face including:Cheeks , Upper lip – sometimes creating a moustache appearance , Forehead, and Bridge of the nose.
Melasma is very hard to treat and usually needs a combination of laser, lightening creams, sunscreens etc .
What are the causes of Melasma ?
The cause of melasma is complex. The pigmentation is due to overproduction of melanin by the pigment cells, melanocytes, which is taken up by the keratinocytes (epidermal melanosis) and/or deposited in the dermis. There is a genetic predisposition to melasma, with at least one-third of patients reporting other family members to be affected.
Known triggers for melasma include:
Sun exposure and sun damage—this is the most important avoidable risk factor
Pregnancy—in affected women, the pigment often fades a few months after delivery
Hormone treatments—oral contraceptive pills containing oestrogen and/or progesterone, hormone replacement, intrauterine devices and implants are a factor in about a quarter of affected women
Certain medications (including new targeted therapies for cancer), scented or deodorant soaps, toiletries and cosmetics—these may cause a phototoxic reaction that triggers melasma, which may then persist long term
Hypothyroidism (low levels of circulating thyroid hormone)
Melasma commonly arises in healthy, non-pregnant adults. Lifelong sun exposure causes deposition of pigment within the dermis and this often persists long term. Exposure to ultraviolet radiation (UVR) deepens the pigmentation because it activates the melanocytes to produce more melanin.
Melasma skin pigmentation treatment
Melasma Treatment is a long-term commitment and there are no quick fixes, but we offer some of the best tools available to give you good results. Having an initial consultation is an important step to getting your melasma treatment correct. Consultation with a Cosmetic Doctors gives you peace of mind. Treatment options include a combination of specific laser wavelengths, topical prescription creams, sunscreen and oral medications.
Melasma package $1599
At CliniSkin we recommend a Melasma package, which combines:
A series of laser treatments
Topical Melasma creams
50+ sunscreen, and sometimes oral medications
The sooner you start treating melasma, the better! Call us on 1300 863 824 to book your consultation.
To find out how our package can help your facial skin pigmentation call us on 03 9736 1444 .