Overview of Hormonal Pigmentation-Malasma
Also known as “The Mask of Pregnancy”, Melasma or Hormonal Pigmentation frequently has an effect on non-pregnant women. This condition can also affect males having a genetic predisposition. At Rejuvenate, we regularly see patients suffering from this skin disorder.
Factors That May Trigger Malasma Include:
- Sun exposure: Ultraviolet light stimulates the production of pigment-producing cells (melanocytes) in the skin. Even a few minutes of direct exposure to the can trigger Melasma or make Melasma come back after treatment.
- People having darker skin types have more melanocytes and therefore are more prone to developing Melasma.
- Alterations in levels of hormones also seem to be clinically correlated to melasma.
In summary, anything that causes irritation of the skin can be a potential trigger or worsen Melasma.
At Rejuvenate, we treat Melasma (Hormonal Pigmentation) with a combination-treatment approach. This means making use of several treatment options together to maximize the clinical effectiveness of our pigmentation management plan.
Treatment options include:
- Prescribing Medical Strength Skin Whitening Agents (Topical Creams).
- Series of low-intensity, Q-switched, Nd: YAG laser treatments.
- Medical strength peels.
Careful patient selection is the main thing when any skin treatment is advised. Treatment for hormonal pigmentation should be provided by skin therapists working under direct medical supervision.
To discuss your treatment options and book a free appointment, please contact us today.
Hormonal Pigmentation-Malasma FAQs
There are many treatment options available for the management of Melasma.
- Avoid the factors that may trigger, including unnecessary exposure to the UV.
- Topical skincare products.
- Professional dermatological treatments that include peels and lasers.
Melasma (Hormonal Pigmentation) can be a skin condition not very easy to control & treat. A patient can easily become extremely frustrated after trying several treatments and spending a lot in an attempt to get results that are acceptable.
Unfortunately, Melasma cannot be treated in many cases. The primary principle behind clinical management is to reduce the appearance of pigmentation as much as possible.
As stated above, Melasma is triggered by UV exposure in many cases. It is logically sensible for people prone to melasma to be sun smart.
- Make use of a broad-spectrum, non-chemical sun-block every day with an SPF of at least 30. Apply it again every 4 hours when out in the sun.
- Wear clothing and hats that provide protection from the sun.
- You may also consider using umbrellas when out in the sun, if possible.
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatment can worsen Melasma. This is a common mistake made by beauty therapists who are not experienced. The use of IPLs should be avoided when it comes to the management of Hormonal Pigmentation and Post-Inflammatory-Hyperpigmentation (PIH).
We treat Melasma and PIH (Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation) under the direct supervision of our medical doctors. Patient motivation and commitment are essential for a successful outcome. A Combination-treatment plan is devised:
- Once a fortnight session of Laser x 5 sessions (5 min session, without discomfort or downtime).
- Topical, high-strength pigmentation correction cream (prescription only).
We find the majority of our patients show extremely well respond to the above protocol and usually get 60 -90% resolutions in as little as eight weeks.
At Rejuvenative, we personalize our Melasma Treatment Plan to suit individual patient requirements and budget. Your skin is first analyzed with a state of the art computerized digital skin analysis to determine the extent and depth of pigmentation.
Laser: $250 per session (Weekly or fortnightly sessions are recommended by us).
Prescription Topical Pigmentation Cream: $250.
Rejuventative Peel: $100.