Melasma is dark spots on the skin that may be brown or grey in color. They are caused by an over production of melanin and may appear at anytime but generally get worse with age.
Pregnant women are particularly susceptible to these sun spots, and although they are not dangerous in themselves they can indicate skin damage which may be a precursor to skin cancers.
The best way to treat melasma is to avoid it in the first place with plenty of skin protection from the sun. A good quality sun cream should be worn at all times, even under cloudy skies as the suns rays will still penetrate.
If you suffer from dark skin spots then sun screen will also help to stop them getting worse. Age is also a factor with dark spots, although this may simply be due to the increased number of hours in the sun that come with age.
There are a variety of ways to treat sun spots or miasma; they can be treated at a dermatologist with medical and clinical treatments or you can try a range of home remedies to clear up or reduce the appearance of the spots. Many of these remedies also work on other skin conditions such as acne or other scarring, blemishes or uneven skin tone. Some of the clinical treatments include –
- IPL – Intense Pulsed light is a laser treatment that fades pigmentation
- Light Therapy – This can stimulate the growth of new skin cells
- Microdermabrasion – stimulation of collagen production and exfoliation of old skin cells
- Laser therapy – This can remove the top layer of skin to reveal new, smoother skin below
If these treatments sound a bit drastic to you, then try some home treatments. Skin whitening creams, masks and lotions can give you great results at a fraction of the price that you would pay in a clinic. Meladerm lightening cream is one of the options available; this is a safe and effective product that contains a range of secret botanical ingredients and reviews have shown it can have a very positive effect on dark skin pigmentation and blemishes
Dark skin spots may not be dangerous in themselves but they can indicate that you are not using enough protection from the sun. It is important to use a skin cream containing a SPF every day, especially on your face which has regular and prolonged exposure to the suns rays.