Melasma a skin condition mainly affecting women, is characterised by large brown-grey patches on the face, generally located on the upper lip, cheeks, forehead or between the eyebrows. It is stimulated by the hormone oestrogen either from pregnancy, the pill, hormone replacement therapy or normal circulating oestrogens.
Melasma is classified as either epidermal or dermal with epidermal being the most difficult to treat.
VISIA complexion analysis is used to determine whether Melasma is epidermal or dermal enabling us to prescribe the correct treatment.
Treating Melasma is difficult and usually requires a combination of different therapies such as
- light chemical peels which help to shift the melanin deposits from the affected area
- topical lighteners such as the Obagi Nu-Derm system
- prescription Vitamin A to help fade the pigmentation.
It is important that Melasma suffers wear a SPF 30+ sunscreen everyday and reapply as UV tends to intensify the condition.
We also stock Jane Iredale, a cosmetic mineral makeup that can help to camouflage Melasma. Jane Iredale contains a blend of minerals and pigments that are micro-pulverised, allowing the skin to breathe. Foundations not only provide protection from UVA and UVB rays but are also water resistant and long lasting.
For more information or to book your free initial consultation call us on 1300 527 268