Because the skin is very much exposed to the sun, to the environment and also connected to many health indications in the body, it is prone to experiencing many different skin pigmentation issues. One of the most common of them is melasma.
Melasma displays brown patches and/or even black spots on various skin areas, usually on the cheeks and on the forehead. It is a skin pigmentation condition wherein particular areas of the skin darken chiefly due to hormonal alterations, excessive sun exposure, genetic makeup, and skin color.
Although this pigmentation issue is not very dangerous as other skin conditions, it affects confidence, and it also becomes a frustration to those who have it – or to you if you have it.
Currently, there is no permanent cure for melasma, but there surely are ways you can do and you must do in order to prevent it from coming back (if you keep on doing treatments for it) and to prevent it from happening to you. Below are 4 essential tips to let you know how to prevent melasma or lessen its seen effects:
#1: Fashionable Outside, Protection Inside
Probably the easiest way to prevent melasma and the way to which you should not and cannot have any excuses for is this one: wearing a protective covering on your body.
Sunglasses are very fashionable and helpful. Not only do they cover what you’re conscious about under your eyes, but sunglasses also shield your skin from the heat of the sun. The areas under the eyes are also susceptible to darkening when exposed under the sun for a long period of time. You can also hide your eye luggage and your puffy eyes with those glasses.
Hats and caps do not just add swag, beauty and/or zest to your amazing look, but they also keep your face covered from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. You might think that other people just wear caps because they want to look good, but truly, they are helpful instruments for defense.
Don’t be lazy to bring an umbrella too because as you know, it shades your whole body, if not most parts, from direct contact with sunshine. Your umbrella might be too bulky for your bag or an additional load to your carry-on bag, but it’s better to prevent pigmentation than to suffer from it just because of your laxity.
These are basic stuff you already have, so make use of them because they’re created for purposes that will benefit you. It’s not so hard actually. It’s some sort of a giveaway because you get to prevent melasma without even making it too obvious.
#2: Your Sunscreen Is Your Gem
One of the skin’s biggest and most active enemies is the sun — its heat, its UV rays, and all the effects they all equate to. That is why you need to protect your skin from it. Aside from the material things, clothes and accessories which are helpful, sunscreen is also very important!
Wearing non-toxic sunscreen every day, most especially whenever you go out of the house, is essential for you to gradually curtail the worsening of your skin pigmentation problem. Swimming under the sun or doing physically demanding activities that make you sweat also require you to apply sunscreen because your skin becomes more vulnerable to the sun’s impact and also to chemicals present in swimming pools.
SPF 30 or greater must be your target sunscreen, and when you have it, you must use it with discipline. Don’t just do when you remember or when you’re in the mood to apply some, but wear it daily for consistent protection from the heat of the sun and of the environment.
#3: Think Twice About Your Med Intakes
If you follow many preventive measures to prevent melasma but still do something that might trigger it’s worsening and/or reappearance, improvement will always be harder to see.
Check the medications you take because some of them might be hampering the methods you do to prevent melasma. In case you’re using birth control pills, consult your doctor because you might need to stop taking them for the time needed, if likely because they might be the boulders impeding the way for the skin protection applications and treatments you do with full effort.
Look at the other medicines you are taking, especially those that have to do something with skin beautification. Research about them. Ask a doctor about them. Be informed. In those ways, you will know if they’re really helping your skin or harming it.
#4: Suitable Skin Care Products
You always need to use skin care products which are safe and appropriate for your skin. Everyone has his or her own skin type, so it means that extra caution, research, and awareness are necessary for you to know what’s suitable for your skin and what’s not.
When you look for skin care products, more particularly if you already have melasma, find those which have sunscreen in their ingredients. Because it’s part of your day-to-day wear, it must be able to guard your skin from the sun and not just any other “beauty” product.
Skin care products created with retinol are advisable because it is a compound-chemical product that functions as a support for healthy cell turnover, leading to gradual and significant skin appearance enhancement. Because retinol has effective exfoliating features, it works very well in augmenting cell turnover speed. Spots do fade as the darker cells get discarded.
PREVENT MELASMA, IT’S POSSIBLE.
The skin tells a lot about you, and it also makes you feel a lot of feelings. It makes you feel happy or sad, confident or conscious, excited or shy and many others. It affects how you interact with other people. It does something to how you see yourself; it’s just extremely important.
Skin pigmentation conditions like melasma lessen the good thoughts people have about themselves, about their skin. It truly affects how you live and laugh, and those are just a few of the many reasons why you should work on your skin and know how to prevent melasma.
With a healthier, well-treated and prevented-with-love skin, you know that you will be happier and more driven to accomplish many things in life. Love your skin, and prevent what needs prevention. Let the dark patches fade away by remembering the above-mentioned tips for you to prevent this skin pigmentation condition called melasma.
Nicole Ann Pore is a daytime writer for Geniale Skin Cancer Clinic, a holistic Medical Aesthetics, and Skin Cancer Centre in Australia that aims to provide brilliant experience, treatment, and result to its guests. She cares a lot about her skin and her body and encourages others to care about theirs too through writing safe reminders and informative pieces about skin and health. Nicole graduated Cum Laude from De La Salle University-Manila, Philippines with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts.