If you’ve recently noticed unexplained patches of darker pigmentation on your face, neck or arms, you might be suffering from melasma. This unpleasant condition doesn’t cause any pain, but it can make you feel less beautiful, which could be damaging to your self-esteem. Seeing a doctor about melasma treatment before the condition grows worse is the smartest choice you could make.
A Disheartening Discoloration: What is Melasma?
Melasma is a common condition that is usually triggered by sudden hormonal changes, which is why it’s most often found in women, many of whom develop the condition during pregnancy. Although men do suffer from melasma, the majority of sufferers are women. Heat and sun exposure in combination with hormone changes can also bring on or worsen the condition, so people suffering with melasma are encouraged to avoid the sun as much as possible.
Melasma patches can age the skin and be a nuisance to get rid of, but certain treatments can help. Laser treatments can provide temporary relief, but the melasma tends to return after a short time. Chemical peels have been shown to be more effective for long-term melasma lightening.
Melasma Treatment: How Do Chemical Peels Work?
Chemical peels have been shown to be effective for melasma, especially in combination with other measures, such as avoiding the sun and using prescription creams. Chemical peels work by increasing cellular turnover, which helps new skin rise to the surface faster and old, sun-damaged skin slough off. Although melasma is caused by hormonal changes, the sun still plays a role, so removing the surface layer of the skin will help.
Treatment and Pampering: What Other Benefits Do Chemical Peels Offer?
Getting rid of your melasma is obviously your top priority, but it’s nice to know that the treatment will benefit your skin in general. Along with helping to lighten patches of melasma, chemical peels can also promote younger-looking skin. Fine lines will be reduced, wrinkles will be less noticeable, and the texture of the skin will be smooth. With repeated treatments performed by an experienced professional, you’ll be able to take years off your face and reduce the melasma problem.
Taking Care of Your Skin: What Should You Do After Your Chemical Peel?
You’ll get specific instructions from your professional after the peel takes place, but in general, it’s smart to take good care of your skin after a chemical peel. The top layer of skin will have been chemically removed, which means the fresh layer beneath will be extra sensitive. Be sure to wear a high-SPF sunscreen and avoid going outside as much as possible during the week after the peel. Be gentle with your skin and remember to pamper it with nutritious creams and serums each day.
For more information on melasma and/or chemical peels, reach out to VIDA Aesthetic Medicine and make an appointment with us! We’ll thoroughly examine your skin to determine what type of melasma treatment is best for you, helping you move forward toward a happier and more confident tomorrow. Our office is conveniently located in Salem, OR. Contact us today to schedule your consultation!