Have you ever looked in the mirror and noticed some darker patches that weren’t there before? Chances are, especially if you are pregnant or have a new bundle of joy, it could be the common skin problem, Melasma. 

Melasma causes brown to gray-brown patches, usually on the face, and are most commonly found on the cheeks, bridge of the nose, forehead, chin, and above the upper lip. These patches can also appear on areas of the body that get a lot of sun, such as the forearms and neck. 

While Melasma can appear on anyone and is more likely to manifest in women. For pregnant women or new mothers, the changes in hormones seems to trigger Melasma. In fact, it is so common during pregnancy that melasma is sometimes called “the mask of pregnancy.”

But, not to fear, the signs of Melasma can be minimized.  “Although we create customized treatment plans for each of ourclients, we like to use Peels and the Clear & Brilliant laser treatments to help reduce the pigment” says licensed aestheticians Christie Dean & Melody Richt. “In addition to the peels, it’s important that our clients continue care outside of their time with me. Combining products that have retinol, vitamin c and prescription hydroquinone product in their formula with a sunscreen that has broad spectrum physical UVA-UVB protection, will yield maximum results. We recommend having a complimentary consultation to go over the best regimen for you.”

Now that the sun is shining, it’s more crucial than ever to protect your skin, and not just your face! Every day driving gives your arms, hands, neck and face a lot of heightened sun, so wearing sunscreen every day and reapplying is the key to prevention.

In addition to a broad spectrum physical block sunscreen, we recommend wearing a hat, especially a wide-brimmed hat, when you are outside or in areas that will get lots of sun.