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Monday, July 12, 2021

Melasma: Why you should be concerned about this skin condition?

The pandemic has affected our work routines, social lives, and even our habits. But even though we are all stuck at home, for most of the time, it doesn’t mean we could just skip on our skincare routines and neglect our beauty regimen. 


Since skin clinics had also been forced to close for most of last year, we had no choice but to learn and take care of our skin on our own.


I must admit though that the repeated lockdowns has helped made my skin smoother, supple and glowing. I guess, its because I didn’t have to go out and expose myself to pollution and the harmful rays of the sun. Wearing a face mask also worked since it protected my face as well. I also found more time to exercise,  make my smoothies, and choose what I eat.

I remember having dirty dark gray patches on my chin 3 summers ago. I consulted my dermatologist and was diagnosed with melasma.  I was advised to stay indoors, if necessary and when going out, always wear a sunscreen, a cover up, and avoid sunlight in the afternoon as the UV radiation is at its strongest. I was given some topical ointment and Pynocare for oral supplement. I am still taking Pynocare up to this day, it helped a lot with my skincare routine.   Aside from treating melasma on my chin, I love that it also helped with anti aging, I observed that wrinkles under my eyes slowly reduced with these treatment. 



So to those asking what is melasma? Melasma is a common pigmentation disorder that causes brown or gray patches to appear on the skin, primarily on the face. Its either the bridge of the nose, forehead, cheeks or at the upper lip. In my case, it spread right in my chin. It also known as pekas. Melasma may also appear on other areas of the body, especially those exposed to a lot of sunlight. These areas may include the forearms, neck and shoulders. It affects women with morena skin tone in their 30s to 50s. It likely occurs during pregnancy, when taking birth control pills, sun exposure and using harsh cosmetics. 


 

Three Types of Melasma: 

Epidermal Melasma – Affects the top layer of skin and the hyperpigmentation is BROWN PATCHES with defined borders. Pigmentation resides in epidermis and the most common type of Melasma. It is relatively more responsive to treatment

 

Dermal Melasma – Affects the deeper dermal layer of skin and is characterized by BLUE- GRAY PATCHES. This type of Melasma is less responsive to treatment.


Mixed Melasma  – Combination of epidermal and dermal Melasma in same person. Show as BROWN- GRAY PATCHES.

 

How to Treat Melasma

Treatment varies from Hydroquinone, in cream, lotion or liquid form,  which applied to the skin and works by lightening the skin. Oral treatment, by taking supplements like Pynocare and Procedures like dermabrasion, chemical peels, laser treatment or a light base procedure done by a Dermatologist. 

 

What is the difference between Melasma, Freckles, Dark Spots and Hyperpigmentation? 

 


Dark Spots
are the result of the overproduction or collection of melanin (skin pigment) or free radical damage.  

 

Freckles are flat, tanned spots that may develop on sun exposed skin after repeated exposure to sunlight.

 

Hyperpigmentation means “excess pigment” –  it means pigmentation above your normal background color.  Melasma is a specific form of hyperpigmentation that commonly presents on the face of women of reproductive age. However, not all forms of hyperpigmentation are melasma.

 

These are other type of Skin Condition:

Acne- which is common among teenagers is a skin condition that occurs when your hair follicles become plugged with oil and dead skin cells. It causes whiteheads, blackheads or pimples.

Rash- According to study, Rashes come in many forms, and common causes include contact dermatitis, bodily infections, and allergic reactions to taking medication. They can be dry, moist, bumpy, smooth, cracked, or blistered; they can be painful, itch, and even change color.

 

Darkening- Darkened skin, or hyperpigmentation, is the appearance of patches of skin that become darker than the surrounding area.

 

If you have been suffering from melasma or any of the types of skin condition above. Do not self-medicate.  It is important to check with a Dermatologist before doing any treatment or procedures. 


If you found this post informative. Visit https://www.wecareforskin.net for more interesting articles about common skin conditions and their treatments.


8 comments:

  1. Done reading this blog. Sobrang informative po talaga nito momsh and napakahalagang malaman po natin ito para maging aware din po tayo and to know how important is the skincare. Kaya dapat din po talaga na inaalagaan natin ang ating mga skins đŸ„°

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  2. This is much an information for me .thanks for sharing this.Now I'm exactly determined that it was somehow a skin problem that we can treat.

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  3. i like that your skin is getting better with the help of health lifestyle, ointment and Pynocare supplement which is also anti aging. this blog is very informative, i like that you have listed types of melasma and its difference to other skin conditions. this is a good guide in determining our skin problems and i agree that we do not need to self medicate but instead seek for professional help.

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  4. This is very informative since taking good care of our skin is important for more than just our appearance. I saw other people having melasma but I'm not aware on this. It is a pretty well known fact that we feel better when we look better. Having a healthy life style and daily skin care routine helps us to look our best and put our best foot forward when we go out. So we should take care of it and seek for professional help.

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  5. I really agree that even though we're just staying at home we should take care of ourselves and especially our skin. It was really important especially for women because im my experience it helps me to build my confidence. If you have Melasma I'm sure that your confidence will also get lower so its better to take care of it now than to be sorry later.

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  6. The best skin care is not exposing your skin to too much heat or staying under the sun.If is not inevitable, it is right to protect your skin using sunscreen with 50 spf..Too much heat will cause several skin problems especially in our face.This covid 19 has brought many negative effects in our lives but in contrary, we can say that there are also positive things it causes us, like staying at home prevent us from too much exposure under the sun and create strong strong bond with our family.There are many lessons that we have learned from this pandemic.
    I think also we would respect each other in terms of our skin and appearance, because we don't know that people who have this skin problems are experiencing insecurities.

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  7. Thankyou po sa pag share nito very informative, Need padin natin alagaan ang sarili natin kahit nasa bahay nalang tayo. Lalo na ngayong pandemic, wala rin naman tayong Ibang pinag kakaabalahan kaya ayus lang naman na ingatan natin ang skin natin. para narin magkaroon din tayo ng confidence sa sarili natin..

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  8. Salamat sa pagshare ng Tips Mom, sobrang laking tulong nman po talaga nito, para patuloy nating maalagaan ang ating Skin specially ngayong Pandemic na mabilis po talagang dumidikit ang dumi at bacteria sa ating katawan, and truly having this melasma is not Easy to Care lalo na sa ating mukha, kaya dapat always po talag tayong malinis sa ating katawan para mabilis ding mawala ang germs at bacteria .. this Blog was so Amazing indeed Mom, Sobrang laking help po taalaga..

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