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Melasma / Pigmentation In Dark Skin Types

Diverse skin tones, prevalent among individuals of African, Asian, and mixed ethnic backgrounds in South Africa, constitute a significant demographic. This encompasses a broad spectrum of darkly pigmented skin types, often encountering concerns regarding pigmentation and melasma. At Skin Renewal, we understand the unique challenges individuals with darker skin tones face. Our holistic approach to treating pigmentation and melasma is tailored to each individual's specific needs and concerns. By addressing underlying factors and utilising advanced techniques, we aim to achieve comprehensive and effective results for our patients.
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As the demand for aesthetic procedures among darker skin types continues to rise, Skin Renewal offers safe and effective solutions tailored to our patient's unique needs. Our advanced treatments utilise cutting-edge lasers that are colour-blind and less invasive, ensuring optimal results with minimal risk.

Melasma, a common concern among South African women with darker skin tones, requires specialised care due to its dynamic nature and hormonal influences. Our comprehensive approach to melasma management combines in-clinic treatments with targeted topicals and supplements to address internal triggers and maintain long-term results.

Understanding the underlying causes of Hormonal Pigmentation/Melasma in dark skin types is crucial for effective treatment and management. UVA rays, known to stimulate melanin production, can penetrate car window glass, exacerbating pigmentation concerns. Changes in hormonal levels, particularly elevated estrogen levels from factors like birth control pills or pregnancy, are linked to triggering and worsening melasma. Even after discontinuing contraceptives, pigmentation may persist for years.

Post-pregnancy, melasma typically resolves within months but can persist indefinitely. Additionally, activities causing intense heat to the face, such as steam showers or sun exposure, trigger inflammation, further stimulating melanin production.

While more prevalent in individuals with darker complexions due to heightened sun exposure in South Africa, melasma can affect individuals of any race. Although commonly observed in young women, men can also experience melasma.

Skin Renewal addresses these underlying factors with targeted treatments to manage Hormonal Pigmentation/Melasma in dark skin types effectively.

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Is treatment for Melasma in dark skin types available at all Skin Renewal branches ?
Where does Melasma appear on the face?
  • Centro Facial (forehead),
  • Malar (cheekbones), and
  • Mandibular (jawline).
How can one prevent Melasma from forming in darker skin types ?
  • Avoid sun exposure and wear a protective hat outdoors to block these rays further.
  • Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30+ daily to block the UVA rays and help prevent melasma.
  • In addition, your sunscreen should also contain an anti-oxidant as this stops free radicals that cause pigmentation.
  • At least 10ml of sunscreen should be applied to the face and neck twice daily to prevent melasma.
  • Taking an oral antioxidant supplement such as Pycnogenol from the French Maritime Pine bark 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.
  • As melasma is a dynamic condition and needs to be managed daily and indefinitely. One day of unintentional sunburn can set you back.

Frequently asked questions

Is treatment for Melasma in dark skin types available at all Skin Renewal branches ?
Where does Melasma appear on the face?
  • Centro Facial (forehead),
  • Malar (cheekbones), and
  • Mandibular (jawline).
How can one prevent Melasma from forming in darker skin types ?
  • Avoid sun exposure and wear a protective hat outdoors to block these rays further.
  • Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30+ daily to block the UVA rays and help prevent melasma.
  • In addition, your sunscreen should also contain an anti-oxidant as this stops free radicals that cause pigmentation.
  • At least 10ml of sunscreen should be applied to the face and neck twice daily to prevent melasma.
  • Taking an oral antioxidant supplement such as Pycnogenol from the French Maritime Pine bark 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.
  • As melasma is a dynamic condition and needs to be managed daily and indefinitely. One day of unintentional sunburn can set you back.
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