Melasma is a skin condition that shows up as brown patches on the forehead, cheeks, jaw line, or upper lip. This excess of pigment is often triggered by hormones (oral contraceptives, pregnancy, or hormone replacement therapy post-menopause), or sun exposure. Although Melasma is more common in women with darker complexions, people of all skin types can still be at risk of Melasma. Once Melasma presents itself, it can be challenging to treat it afterwards. Since there is a lot of information out there about Melasma treatment, it can be hard to weed out the myths from the facts. Here are three common myths about treating Melasma, plus an effective solution to get permanent Melasma removal.
Myth #1: Melasma Will Heal Itself if You Just Avoid Direct Sun Exposure
One of the most common Melasma myths is related to the application of sunscreen. A lot of people believe that it should only be used when you are directly in the sunshine. The truth is that although protection from harmful UV rays is essential in getting rid of Melasma and avoiding sun exposure can help, it’s equally as important to wear sunscreen every time you go outside. Ozone depletion and increased pollution, even on a cloudy day, can cause UV radiation to penetrate into our atmosphere. This is the leading cause of premature aging and hyperpigmentation. If your skin is sensitive to drugstore sunscreen, talk to a skincare specialist about broad-spectrum sunscreen that has no chemicals, no parabens, and no chemical-filters.
Myth #2: The “Mask of Pregnancy” Is Permanent
The “pregnancy mask” or Melasma during pregnancy is very common. For women, it can appear as visibly darkened spots on their faces during the time of their pregnancy. If Melasma starts during this time, it will likely resolve itself after delivery, although not always, and it may reoccur during subsequent pregnancies, particularly if you are pregnant during the summer months. Since Melasma is worse with added exposure to sunlight, it is recommended to wear high SPF sunscreen and wear a hat when outdoors.
Myth #3: Scrubbing and Exfoliating Skin Will Cure Melasma
Exfoliating is a great skincare tip to remove dead skin cells and dry areas, however, it can also cause skin irritation especially if it is not done correctly. While it may sound like a good idea to scrub away the dark patches on your face, you may actually be worsening the problem, which can lead to more pigment and extra darkness.
Get Rid of Melasma with a Treatment that Works
If you are looking for permanent Melasma removal in Toronto, the Anti Aging Toronto Clinic has the solution for you. We are proud to offer our clients the best and latest clinical methods to treat various skin conditions, including Melasma. The Spectra Peel treatment is one of our most effective treatments for skin problems, and it has proven to be effective in treating Melasma. Instead of using search engines to find information, speak to one of our specialists. We pride ourselves on our ability to educate, guide, and support our patients as they make informed decisions about their skincare, and we strive to always provide the best skin rejuvenation treatments in Toronto. To learn more, contact us by phone at 416.546.4664 or by e-mail at info@AntiAgingToronto.ca. Our skincare specialists can also offer you a tour of our Toronto facilities.