Tuesday, October 16, 2012

5 Common Questions About Melasma

What is Melasma?
Melasma is a skin condition characterized by dark patches of skin on the forehead, cheeks, nose, chin and upper lip. Usually irregular in shape, these dark patches develop gradually over time. Aside from this cosmetic discoloration, Melasma is not characterized by any other symptoms and does not cause pain.

What causes Melasma?
Melasma develops from a combination of factors. The most prominent factors include heavy exposure to sunlight and an increase in the female hormones estrogen and progesterone. Women who are pregnant, taking birth control pills or hormone therapy are at a higher risk for developing Melasma. Studies also show that high amounts of sun exposure triggers hormones to produce more melanin pigments which cause skin to appear darker in certain areas.  

What are the symptoms of Melasma?
The symptoms of Melasma include the darkening of skin in irregular patches on the forehead,  cheeks,nose, chin and upper lip. Often call “sunspots” these patches can darken and increase in size over time.

How can I treat Melasma?
Since Melasma typically worsens after sun exposure it’s very important to avoid prolonged sun exposure and wear sunscreen daily. Taking the necessary precautions early is crucial for your skin’s overall appearance and health.

Professional treatments to reduce the appearance of dark spots caused by Melasma include chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and professional laser treatments. For at home treatments we suggest glo therapeutics
Brightening Polish, Lightening Serum, Brightening Serum and Triple Action Serum. All of the products contain brighteners and lighteners that help reduce the appearance of dark spots and hyperpigmentation.

Can makeup help cover Melasma?
Yes, makeup can help cover Melasma. We recommend starting with the Corrective Camouflage Kit to cover dark areas with the yellow shade followed by Camouflage Oil Free.  For full coverage, apply Pressed Base using  the Ultra Brush. Mineral makeup will help cover the symptoms of Melasma while providing your skin with beneficial antioxidants and vitamins.

Take a look at these before and after pictures for an example of how glo minerals makeup can cover Melasma.




Melasma After Photo Mineral Makeup
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