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What is the first thing you notice about someone? Is it their eyes, smile, or skin? Maybe it’s their nose or whether they wear glasses or not. No matter the specifics, facial features are usually what you notice first when meeting someone. For some, you may notice uneven skin or some sort of hyperpigmentation. For about 10-25% of women and 5% of men, what you’re looking at could be a skin condition by the name of melasma.
Melasma is a very common condition that shows up as dark brown or grey patches on the skin. It usually appears on the face, specifically on the upper lip, cheeks, forehead, and nose. Unlike other skin conditions, melasma doesn’t cause any pain or itching on the skin. All its effects are completely seen rather than felt by the patient.
So how can someone get rid of melasma and return to clear and healthy skin?
To help those with Melasma, products like TOUCH UP Natural Complexion Creme may be your best bet. This is a new a natural and organic formulated product with a blend of ingredients to help clear melasma and other hyperpigmentation related conditions using a hydroquinone free agent. Without the harmful ingredients that can be inflaming and drying, TOUCH UP Natural Complexion Creme can inhibit and regulate melanin formation to normalize and correct pigment production. Which, ultimately, leads to an even skin tone. While treatment can be easy, how does one develop melasma in the first place?
While melasma can appear on anyone, about 90% of melasma cases occur in women and it is usually more prevalent in women of color. With that being said, there are a number of possibilities that can lead to the development of melasma.
Melasma, according to the American Academy of Dermatology, occurs when the color producing cells in your skin, also known as melanocytes, produce too much color. Your melanocytes can be triggered by sun exposure, a change in hormones, genetics, as well as skin care products. Because of the change in hormones, pregnant women or those taking certain birth control methods are at risk of developing melasma. The good news is, in most of those cases, melasma will fade completely on its own after the woman gives birth or no longer uses that specific contraceptive.
For those who have developed melasma without a sudden hormone change, it is important to be sure that what they are experiencing is actually melasma. Many skin conditions can appear in the same way as this condition, making it easier to mistreat the condition. No matter you develop melasma, the affects can really take a toll on your lifestyle.
Because melasma appears on the face, this condition can cause negative effects on a patients’ self-esteem. Melasma can be hard to hide from others and protect from UV rays which can worsen the condition. Patients are often left feeling ashamed, because of the marks that melasma leaves behind. Knowing how to properly treat this condition, makes living with melasma easier and can restore the patient’s self-esteem.