I loved every moment of being pregnant with my two boys. Until of course, the melasma appeared.
Today, just as my children do, my melasma has a life of its own.
I have watched it change, appear in places it wasn’t before, and darken, especially during the summer when I commit the ultimate beauty sin and go out, sans the sunblock. I can be a bad girl and my skin isn’t afraid to prove it.
If you’re dealing with the pregnancy mask of melasma or inherited this lovely condition from hormones or from taking oral contraceptives, you are likely just as frustrated in finding ways to effectively mask it. Here are five things you can start doing today to conceal, treat, and prevent that nasty little thing called hyperpigmentation.
5 Ways to Treat Melasma
Melasma worsens in the sun. Everyone should wear a sunblock when venturing outside, even on cloudy and cold days. So long as the sun is up the harmful UV rays will cause skin damage, dark spots, and further discoloration. Opt for an SPF of 30 or more, no matter what, especially if you’ve joined the melasma club. (This will serve as prevention only.)
Yellow or Peach Concealer
A yellow or peachy concealer can help hide the upper lip discoloration that in my case, looks like I ditched one too many upper-lip waxes. Check out Physician’s Formula, Benefit’s Erase Paste, or Pixi’s (available at Target) Color Concentrate. Apply these concealers directly on your dark spots with a brush or Beautyblender sponge to counteract and minimize their appearance. At least temporarily.
When all else fails, peel it off. Micropeels are a gentle and often very effective approach in treating melasma. A series of multiple micropeels will loosen dead skin, allowing it to shed and take the dark pigment along with it. A micropeel will also improve the texture of your skin and reduce pore size and fine lines so your skin will look youthful again.
Bleach and lightening creams such as hydroquinone can help fade hyperpigmentation, as can vitamin A and retinol. Because these are not available over the counter you need to book with your skin care specialist for the proper recommendation and treatment plan. Creams should always be used in addition to a regimen that prevents further damage.
Exfoliate. Exfoliate. Exfoliate. Especially if you are using a bleaching cream or Hydroquinone. Once these creams begin to work you need to get rid of the dead skin or it will begin to appear darker, and there’s your worst nightmare. Don’t fret. A HydraFacial is a gentle method of exfoliation that will remove the stubborn dead cells and help brighten up your complexion.
Ready to glow? Mask your melasma today and book a HydraFacial or micropeel appointment at Moore Beauty.