Melasma, also known as hormonal pigmentation, is a considerable problem for South African women. It is a chronic skin condition that occurs on the face in the form of brown patches and is a dynamic (active) condition that needs lifelong management.
Skin Renewal Tip
- As melasma is a dynamic condition and needs to be managed daily and indefinitely, one day of unintentional sunburn can set you back.
- At the Skin Renewal, we recommend that you avoid hot baths, Bikram Yoga, steam saunas, tanning beds, and dry saunas as they can cause excessive inflammation and may aggravate hormonal pigmentation.
- Avoid sun exposure to your face, neck, and décolleté, and wear a protective hat when outdoors for extended periods to further block these rays.
- Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30+ to block the UVA rays every day to help prevent melasma/hormonal pigmentation
- At least 5mls (1 teaspoon) of sunscreen should be applied daily to the face, neck, and décolleté twice a day to prevent melasma/hormonal pigmentation
- Taking an oral antioxidant supplement such as Heliocare 360 Capsules daily is clinically proven to raise one's level of resistance to the sun and also helps to reduce the melanin content in the skin down the line.
- In addition to your sunscreen, you should also apply antioxidants such as Vit C, Vit E, Ferulic, and Phloretin to protect against infrared A
- Certain medical conditions are key players in your overall health and are the root cause of your pigmentation problems.
- Failure to address these conditions will lead to failure of your Hormonal Pigment treatment plan and ALSO lead to chronic disease.
- A daily high dose of 4000 mg of MSM per day will increase intracellular Glutathione and help reduce pigmentation in the skin