Treating Melasma: What You Need to Know

If you have dark, discolored patches on your skin, you are probably one of the millions of  women in American suffering from melasma. Though melasma isn’t dangerous, most people are unhappy with the appearance of this skin discoloration. Fortunately, there are three safe and easy ways to treat melasma and restore clear, healthy skin. Here’s what you need to know!

What Is Melasma?

Melasma is a skin condition that causes discoloration across the cheeks, forehead, chin, nose, neck, and forearms. It is likely caused by hormone sensitivity, sun exposure, and stress. Pregnancy is also a leading contributing factor to melasma, which explains why 90% of all melasma occurs in women. Some cases of melasma disappear on their own, especially in cases related to pregnancy, but many melasma cases require additional treatments to fade.

Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion is a gentle and non-invasive treatment that can be used to reverse melasma because it resurfaces the skin by gently removing dead, damaged, and unhealthy skin cells from the surface of the skin. This deep exfoliation is accomplished using a small tool with tiny microcrystals. Microdermabrasion also stimulates the production of additional collagen to help the skin continue to repair itself long after your treatment concludes.

IPL

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) is an innovative laser technology treatment that uses a hand piece to deliver potent broad-spectrum pulses of light into the skin. IPL can address a number of skin conditions, including melasma. As the IPL light beams pass through the skin, the laser’s energy targets specific skin pigments and force the damaged vessels and melanin pigment to be absorbed by the body. This renders them less visible so your skin can look vibrant and clear without signs of melasma.

Tranexamic Acid

Tranexamic acid is a synthetic form of the vitamin lysine. Tranexamic acid minimizes the skin pigment’s reaction to UV radiation, which helps to prevent discoloration. The anti-inflammatory properties of tranexamic acid are also valuable to keep the skin smooth and healthy. Tranexamic acid is an excellent supplement to any melasma treatment when taken twice per day over the course of six months.

Thanks to these simple and non-invasive treatments, it has never been easier to reverse your melasma and embrace radiant skin once again. Dr. Hermann and her team at Hermann Wellness offer a wide range of melasma treatments to help you feel more confident in your appearance.

Call (813) 773-8214 today to learn more and make your first treatment appointment at Hermann Wellness in Tampa or St. Petersburg, Florida.