Can Melasma Be Treated?

What is Melasma?


Melasma is a pigmentation disorder of the skin; it affects women, especially those with darker skin. It is commonly seen on the face and appears as dark spots and patches. This is often caused due to pregnancies, hormone treatments, and certain medications that treat depression.


A good Dermatologist will investigate the type of melasma you have, then put you through sessions of:

1.        Face peels

2.       Couple of hydra facial treatments

3.       A topical cream, that needs to be applied only at night on the Melasma

4.       Face wash

5.       All this is done over a period of 5 to 6 months.


Remember post the peel treatment, your skin will be very sensitive,  do not use any cosmetics on your face, for up to 7 days. Direct heat is bad, so wash your face with chilled water.

Generally, avoid exposure to direct sunlight & especially during peak hours. Using a broad spectrum sunscreen “SPF 50” with your tinted moisturizer is very critical, as it blocks visible light, as well as UVA/UVB rays.  Use sunscreen even when you are indoors.

During the peeling process moisturize your face well and do not pick on the skin that has begun peeling, as this will lead to the darkening of the spot.

You will have to follow the home treatments diligently to see results, which will generally take up to 5 weeks.

There is no permanent treatment for melasma and the marks do not entirely disappear, but constant care will help keep the marks light.

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Dry Skin Needs Help

Low humidity and dry skin are hard to combat with.  Harsh winds, sun and the cold all cause your skin to ail.  When the skin on your face and body are particularly dry, you could experience itchiness, redness, and a burning sensation on the skin surface.   In the winters preventive lifestyle and simple home remedies can help you.

However, those suffering from chronic dry skin the year through will have to follow a preventive regime regularly. Just in case there is no relief it will be wise to contact your dermatologists.

The most important way to deal with dry skin is to moisturise it up to 4 times a day. Using a thicker formula cream helps lock in the water in your skin for longer periods. So opt for heavy creams.

Creams with Hyaluronic Acid are the best for dry skin and can change your skin’s feel surprisingly. Hyaluronic Acid is the magic ingredient.

Lactic acids found in milk help penetrate deep into the skin and helps re-hydrate it.

Bathe in lukewarm water. Hot water tends to give your body the comfort it needs, but it dries the skin more than you can imagine.

In take of omega 3 fatty acids, found in flax-seed, Salmon, Mackerel are good for your skins health.

Use soaps made especially for dry skin or a body wash that is creamy and comes with moisturising ingredients, cocoa butter, olive oil, coconut oil etc 

Avoid cleansers that upset the natural ph balance of your skin.

Psoriasis and eczema  are skin conditions that can lead to very dry skin.


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