You’ve probably heard someone say the word melasma before, it’s a pretty common skin condition. Basically, it's when you get these dark patches on your skin, usually on your face. Imagine tan or brown spots that come in different sizes and shapes. The culprit here is melanin, that pigment responsible for your skin, hair, and eye colors. The tricky part is we're not totally sure why melasma happens, but it's often connected to things like too much sun, messing with your hormones (like during pregnancy or if you're on birth control), and maybe even some family traits.
Dealing with melasma is a bit of a challenge because even a little bit of sun can make those patches darker or show up again. Avoiding the sun completely isn’t easy, especially for women between 25 and 40 who are often dealing with this. They’re out and about a lot. And to make things even more complicated, melasma seems to be buddies with hormones like estrogen and progesterone. So, if you’re in that age range and you’re trying to decide between birth control or having a baby, both of those choices might bring on melasma trouble.
Even though melasma doesn’t have any known bad effects on health, it can make people feel a bit self-conscious about their skin’s uneven colour. It’s important to know that you don’t have to do anything about it if you don’t want to. But if you do want to, we’re here to help you. Here are some of the best ways to treat melasma.
1. The Pigment Perfect Skincare Edit
Our Pigment Perfect Edit offers an effective solution to Melasma through the use of Lactic and Tranexamic acids. The Lactic cleanser in the pack serves to exfoliate and enhance brightness, while the inclusion of Tranexamic acid aims to diminish any instances of pigmentation-related discoloration. Furthermore, the pack includes sunscreen to safeguard your skin from more pigment-related damage.
2. Overnight Pigmentation Peels
Our Overnight Pigmentation Peel is an advanced peel that works while you sleep to fade any type of pigmentation, even hard-to-treat melasma. A series of Overnight Pigmentation Peel treatments will leave the skin colour more even and glowing . We apply the peel in clinic and over the next 8-12 hours this peel will release its active ingredients – Azelaic and Kojic Acid, derived from wheat, barley, rye and Japanese mushrooms. These ingredients will work into the skin deeply to lift and release any colour imperfections caused by the sun and hormonal changes.
3. Q-Switch Laser
The innovative Q-Switch Laser improves skin texture, pigmentation, redness and pore size. It’s the treatment to choose when dealing with stubborn skin pigment and complexion issues such as melasma. Q-Switch Laser helps fade, lighten and remove hyperpigmentation caused by hormonal changes and sun exposure. This cutting-edge lightening treatment also improves skin tone and texture by gently heating the skin. It stimulates collagen production for an anti-ageing effect, refines pores, improves acne scars and can also reduce redness. Q-Switch Laser is popular due to its incredible results and because it is a non-invasive, safe treatment with minimal to no downtime or side effects.
4. Melasma Master Complete Skin Journey
Our Melasma Master Skin Journey brings together the best of our overnight peels and skincare options to help tackle your melasma. With six treatments over three clinic visits each including an overnight pigment peel followed by an LED light treatment to help heal and repair the skin. You’ll also receive an expanded skincare edit to use at home including our lactic acid cleanser and tranexamic acid serum. But you’ll also receive our Vitamin C 10% serum which works as an antioxidant to lighten up dark spots, our lighten moisturiser and BB red cover cream round out the routine.
Cosmelan® is a depigmentation method that provides an intensive corrective action on the appearance of skin hyperpigmentation while preventing the appearance of future skin
discolouration. The treatment is carried out over two phases. In Phase One, the cosmelan® 1 mask is applied in clinic, and is left on for 8-12 hours in the comfort of your own home. Following removal of the mask, redness and peeling will be present. You will be provided with aftercare products to sooth and calm and after 72 hours, Phase 2 of the treatment commences, which is home maintenance. This includes the cosmelan® 2 maintenance cream, which when applied according to the recommended guidelines over six months, will help with the continued depigmentation and brightening of the complexion.