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The Journey to Even Skin: Melasma Treatment and Prevention



With the popularity of Instagram filters and “no makeup” makeup, the quest for clear, even skin is top priority for our clients. Melasma is one of the most common skin conditions we see with clients that affects their daily confidence and like most skin conditions there is no easy fix. The good news is that there are steps you can take in your lifestyle and in our treatment room to correct and prevent Melasma.


What is Melasma?

Melasma, often referred to as the "mask of pregnancy," typically manifests as brown or gray-brown patches on the face, primarily on the cheeks, forehead, nose, and chin. The cells that give skin its color (melanocytes) tend to be more active in those affected by Melasma. While its exact cause remains elusive, factors such as medication, hormonal fluctuations, sun exposure, age, and genetic predisposition are believed to play significant roles. For most, Melasma poses a persistent challenge, requiring a tailored approach with our providers' guidance for effective management.


Understanding Triggers

Heat and sun exposure are two triggers that can be more easily controlled with lifestyle. As Floridians, it’s nearly impossible to avoid these two triggers completely without hiding out in a cave however you can make small steps to manage your exposure. Wear sunscreen, hats, and protective clothing to reduce sun exposure. And while you cannot change the blazing summers of Florida, if you are attending a hot yoga class or a heated workout class, we recommend splashing your face with cold water immediately after your session. If you are spending time outdoors in the heat (such as a sporting event or beach day), try bringing a small portable fan to keep cool and comfortable.


Make Sun Protection a Priority

As stated above, the importance of good sun habits is critical in managing Melasma (and preventing its return after treatment). Our providers recommend using a mineral-based sunscreen with Zinc with at least SPF 35 or higher.


Wear sunscreen on your whole body, not just the neck up! Although Melasma shows up on the face, sun exposure anywhere on the body will trigger those pesky melanocytes to go into overdrive and cause pigmentation.


Our favorites include any sunscreen from Skinbetter or Alastin skincare. With a variety of finishes, tinted, non-tinted, stick and lotion options, there is no excuse to not find a SPF product that works for you!


Skincare Game-changers

Using the right topical products regularly before an in-office treatment preps the skin so the laser or chemical peel can better penetrate the surface and break up pigmentation. Medical grade skincare products contain a high level of studied active ingredients that will make noticable changes in your skin.


Tyrosinase inhibitors are a great weapon in our arsenal against hyperpigmentation. These products reduce the enzyme Tyrosinase from overstimulating, thus reducing the overproduction of pigment in the skin. Our top picks include Skinbetter Even Serum and Alastin A-Luminate Brightening Serum, available online or for purchase in our office.


Retinoids help with cell turnover and keeping the skin bright, even, and healthy. Skinbetter’s AlphaRet features a patented technology bonded with lactic acid to reduce irritation, without compromising efficacy. 


Vitamin C and antioxidant serums help the skin function at its best while preventing free radical damage. The Skinbetter Alto Advanced serum contains not only Vitamin C, but 17 additional antioxidants for complete protection.


Biologique Recherche also includes a wonderful line of “PIGM” products, all targeted towards treating pigmentation. The targeted Serum PIGM 400 is a brightening, spot-correcting serum that illuminates the complexion and fights free radicals. It is recommended for all types of hyperpigmentation, including Melasma, and discolored and dull skin.  


Corrective Treatments

Once you have completed all your preventative steps, in-office treatment can still be necessary to tackle Melasma. In the summer, we recommend regular chemical peels and Hydrafacials to keep the skin exfoliated. We offer a variety of peels with different strengths and acids depending on the severity of your pigmentation. Chemical peels are a great way to prepare the skin before moving onto a slightly more aggressive treatment like MOXI.


MOXI is the gold standard laser for fighting pigmentation. It is safe for all skin tones, and safe for Melasma – unlike other lasers which can actually worsen Melasma. The MOXI laser represents a cutting-edge fractional laser technology designed to target pigmentation irregularities and stimulate collagen production. By delivering precise energy to the skin's deeper layers, the MOXI laser promotes skin rejuvenation and buffs away uneven tone and texture. 


The Bottom Line

We know Melasma can be frustrating and difficult to manage. We are here to help you every step of the way and achieve radiant skin that you will be proud to show off this summer. To get started, book a complimentary consultation at our top-rated medical spa in Tampa or Plant City.





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