Breaking Down Melasma
- Skin Matrix Blog
- Monday 16th January 2017
At Skin Matrix, we understand that being able to treat and even successfully reverse the effects of your patients’ skin conditions is your main prerogative. So when it comes to the notoriously difficult condition, melasma, your clinic will be keen to provide intervention. Leaving skin blotchy with brown patches of varying size, this pigment disorder has a complex set of underlying issues. For that reason, we’re helping you break down this persistent problem for your clients.
As we’ve said, melasma is a slippery customer. With various possible causes, it’s worth looking into the science before pinpointing lifestyle factors. Melanocytes are triggered into overproducing the pigment melanin, which is then either absorbed by keratinocytes in the epidermis or deposited in the dermis, hence causing the visible freckle-like patches. You’ll have to break it to your clients, though: certain people’s genetics do betray them, with this pigment condition being a hereditary trait for one third of patients.
The Risk Factors
Just because genetics predispose some clients to melasma doesn’t automatically mean they’ll have to live with the condition. Yes indeed, it’s that same old chestnut: nature or nurture? And we’re rocking the boat some more by admitting that it is, in fact, a mixture of both. As discussed, melasma is a chronic disorder however it can be triggered by a myriad of situational factors. For one, exposure to the sun’s harsh UV rays is considered the most preventable of these risk factors. With UV radiation activating melanocytes and therefore engraining pigmentation, damage can be minimised or entirely avoided by investing in effective sun protection. Also, during pregnancy women may develop melasma, this being commonly associated with the condition. Thankfully, it’s often found that soon after delivery the discolouration fades. Nevertheless, this does indicate that the disorder is exacerbated by hormonal changes. In this way, conditions such as hypothyroidism play a significant role in the development of melasma.
Your clients need not fear. Although these complex causes can make it particularly difficult to treat, there are options available. By targeting and killing melanocyte cells, the ingredient Hydroquinone is melanotoxic meaning skin is left whiter and with more even coloration over prolonged use. Included in our range of skincare products, Aspect Dr Complete Pigment Serum uses Hexylresourcinol. Mirroring the benefits of Hydroquinone, this essential element avoids the toxicity of conventional treatments. Treat clients’ melasma or other pigmentation complaints by browsing our full collection of quality products online or contact us directly on 0845 505 9800.