Melasma is a skin condition in which dark brown spots or patches appear on your face (especially cheeks, forehead and area around your lips), resulting in facial discoloration and low self-confidence. I’ll be sharing what are the possible melasma treatments you can try at home without spending too much on it and the best part is you’ll see results for sure as these are not only my tested treatments but also suggested by all the best dermatologists in Pakistan and are safest to try for everyone.
Causes of Melasma
- The most common cause of melasma in women is hormonal changes during or after pregnancy that is the reason why it is also known as “Pregnancy Mask”.
- Second main cause is direct sun exposure on a regular basis.
Best Melasma Treatments/DIYs
The most successful melasma treatments recommended by dermatologists, apart from the laser procedures, are;
- Hydroquinone 2% or 4% available with different names in the pharmacies. For normal skin type 4% works fine and for extra sensitive skin I would suggest to go for 2% initially to avoid any burns. Tiny bit of sensation for a couple of minutes is the sign that the cream is working fine and there’s nothing to worry.
- Magnesium Acorbyl Phosphate (MAP) which is famous for an even-toned and radiant complexion.
- Vitamin C serum, also gives a natural sheer glow to dull, dead skin.
- Fourth and a must is to use sunblock with SPF 100, my suggestion is to use gel or spray sun-blocks.
- You can also take Vitamin C tablets like Cal-C plus, evening primrose oil gel tablets to rejuvenate your skin from within and dietary supplements to make sure your body is balancing your minerals and vitamins.
Lasers as the last and final solution
Lasers work as wonders on melasma/hyperpigmentation/dark spots but the treatments available are too expensive to opt for. If someone wants quick results they must go for laser treatments like IPL, NdYag, Diamond dermabrasion or some chemical peels (under the supervision of a dermatologist, wouldn’t recommend doing it on your own as these peels burn your skin if not done correctly, so never take risk). Pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers are not recommended to go for lasers until these periods are over. Remember, the best results after laser procedures achieve with minimal exposure to sun.
Don’t forget the “Cherry on the top”.
Along with all the above creams and procedures, your skin needs to be exfoliated twice a week with a mild scrub matching your skin type, use of moisturizer and a good 7 to 8 hours sleep and get ready for the compliments!