Melasma

Melasma is a condition characterized by brown or grey/blue patches on the skin. These patches will typically appear in commonly sun-exposed areas such as the cheeks, forehead, upper lip, and chin. Also known as the Pregnancy Mask, melasma is more common in women, though it also affects men. Exactly how the condition develops is yet to be fully understood however, exposure to ultraviolet radiation, thyroid dysfunction, hormones, and genetic predisposition have all been linked to the increased melanin deposition.

As melasma is a chronic and relapsing condition, a combination of treatments is recommended in order to manage the hyperpigmentation.

Sun Protection

As sun exposure is known to contribute to worsening melasma, we strongly recommend using two-step protection by layering an antioxidant serum under a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a minimum sun protection factor (SPF) of 30.

Phloretin CFSkinCeuticals – an antioxidant serum that contains 10% pure Vitamin C. Protects against free radicals generated by UV, pollution, and visible light. It is a natural skin brightener that diminishes the look of discoloration and decreases skin inflammation.

Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50 – SkinCeuticals – a tinted 100% mineral sunscreen that provides broad-spectrum UVA/UVB visible protection. Contains zinc, titanium, and iron oxide.

Sheer Physical UV Defense SPF 50SkinCeuticals – fluid sunscreen containing 100% mineral filters to provide broad-spectrum protection against UVA/UVB rays.

Treatment Options

Corrector 2Vivier – cream with 2% hydroquinone to lighten dark patches. Also contains vitamin C, vitamin E, and lactic acid to improve skin tone and texture.

Discoloration DefenseSkinCeuticals – daily dark spot corrector with 5% niacinamide and 3% tranexamic acid used to treat stubborn pigment such as melasma, post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, and sun spots.

Advanced Skin Discoloration Corrector – SkinCeuticals – daily use lotion that reduces visible signs of discoloration and prevents reoccurrence. Salicylic acid exfoliates existing spots, ellagic acid blocks excess melanin from being produced and yeast extract enhances the skin’s resistance against new pigment.

Chemical Peels – our SkinCeuticals’ Gel Peel contains 20% glycolic acid and 10% lactic acid which causes the top layer of skin to peel off and reduces surface pigmentation. An initial series of 4-6 peels scheduled 2-4 weeks apart is recommended.

Fraxel – non-ablative fractional laser therapy using low heat that lifts unwanted pigment from the skin’s surface. For optimal results, an initial series of 4 treatments scheduled 4-6 weeks apart is recommended.

Suggested AM Skincare

Medicated WashVivier – a unique 2-in-1 product that functions as both a cleanser and a toner. It contains 2% salicylic acid to exfoliate skin and reduce acne formation.

Simply Clean SkinCeuticals – an acid-free exfoliating cleanser that soothes skin texture and is enriched with calming botanical extracts. Removes long-wear and waterproof makeup.

LHA CleanserSkinCeuticals – contains a combination of lipo hydroxy acid, glycolic acid, and salicylic acid. This potent blend of acids promotes cell turnover via targeted exfoliation, improves skin texture, and reduces the formation of acne.

Phloretin CFSkinCeuticals – contains 10% pure vitamin C. Protects against free radicals generated by UV, pollution, and visible light. It is a natural skin brightener that diminishes the look of discoloration and decreases skin inflammation.

Corrector 2Vivier – cream with 2% hydroquinone to lighten dark patches. Also contains vitamin C, vitamin E, and lactic acid to improve skin tone and texture.

Discoloration DefenseSkinCeuticals – daily dark spot corrector with 5% niacinamide and 3% tranexamic acid used to treat stubborn pigment such as melasma, post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, and sun spots.

Advanced Skin Discoloration Corrector – SkinCeuticals – daily use lotion that reduces visible signs of discoloration and prevents reoccurrence. Salicylic acid exfoliates existing spots, ellagic acid blocks excess melanin from being produced and yeast extract enhances the skin’s resistance against new pigment.

Metacell B3 SkinCeuticals – emulsion to correct early signs of photoaging and mild pigmentation. Contains 5% niacinamide to help with cell turnover, skin texture, and tone.

Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50 – SkinCeuticals – a tinted 100% mineral sunscreen that provides broad-spectrum UVA/UVB visible protection. Contains zinc, titanium, and iron oxide.

Sheer Physical UV Defense SPF 50 SkinCeuticals – fluid sunscreen containing 100% mineral filters to provide broad-spectrum protection against UVA/UVB rays.

Suggested PM Skincare

Medicated WashVivier – a unique 2-in-1 product that functions as both a cleanser and a toner. It contains 2% salicylic acid to exfoliate skin and reduce acne formation.

Simply Clean SkinCeuticals – an acid-free exfoliating cleanser that soothes skin texture and is enriched with calming botanical extracts. Removes long-wear and waterproof makeup.

LHA CleanserSkinCeuticals – contains a combination of lipo hydroxy acid, glycolic acid, and salicylic acid. This potent blend of acids promotes cell turnover via targeted exfoliation, improves skin texture, and reduces the formation of acne.

Corrector 2Vivier – cream with 2% hydroquinone to lighten dark patches. Also contains vitamin C, vitamin E, and lactic acid to improve skin tone and texture.

Discoloration DefenseSkinCeuticals – daily dark spot corrector with 5% niacinamide and 3% tranexamic acid used to treat stubborn pigment such as melasma, post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, and sun spots.

Advanced Skin Discoloration Corrector – SkinCeuticals – daily use lotion that reduces visible signs of discoloration and prevents reoccurrence. Salicylic acid exfoliates existing spots, ellagic acid blocks excess melanin from being produced and yeast extract enhances the skin’s resistance against new pigment.

RetinolSkinCeuticals uniquely formulated to stimulate healthy cell regeneration while simultaneously causing the exfoliation of dull and damaged skin cells. This promotes cell turnover, the growth of collagen and elastin, and helps to reduce blotchiness for improved skin texture. It also regulates melanin production which is important for the management of melasma.

Metacell B3SkinCeuticals – emulsion to correct early signs of photoaging and mild pigmentation. Contains 5% niacinamide to help with cell turnover, skin texture, and tone.

Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2SkinCeuticals – a corrective moisturizer that replenishes and reinforces the skin barrier. Great for applying on top of retinol if it’s found to be drying.

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