7 Surprising facts about Melasma

Heat, stress, poor blood flow and a lack of sleep are all factors that worse your hyper pigmentation, but there are also a few surprises when it comes to melasma specifically. Here’s what you need to know.

 

  1. Any hormonal supplements may affect melasma

Just like the contraceptive pill, any supplement or medication that directly or indirectly impacts hormones and hormone levels may worsen hyper pigmentation.

  1. Genetics play an important role

It seems that most melasma sufferers are genetically predisposed to the condition. Studies in America have shown that with up to 70% of melasma sufferers there is a historic familial link. A similar study found the same in 55% of pregnant Iranian women with melasma. So, it seems that if a parent or grandparent suffered from melasma, you’re likely to present with it, too.

 

  1. Men are affected, too

Considering most people traditionally associated melasma with pregnancy, we overlook how many men also suffer from the condition. Many American studies have focused only on men, also finding that melasma is hereditary in males.

 

  1. It’s very common in olive skin

Melasma often presents in Fitzpatrick skin types III to IV. It seems to be especially common in light brown and olive skin – renowned for their robustness and resilience to UV damage. Studies have shown that melasma can be quite prominent among people with skin types we generally associate with the Mediterranean, Southeast Asia and Hispanic America.

 

  1. It may be linked to your thyroid

Studies have shown that melasma could be indicative of a thyroid problem. Many melasma sufferers also present with a thyroid autoimmunity, so it’s important to see a doctor early – treating the thyroid just might go a long way toward remedying the hyper pigmentation.

 

  1. A zinc deficiency can make it worse

Melasma is often triggered by an abundance of oestrogen. And excess oestrogen can lead to a deficiency in zinc, magnesium and B vitamins. It’s a vicious cycle though: these deficiencies may, in turn, exasperate the production of oestrogen. Thus, many melasma treatments include a zinc supplement – even topical – to break the cycle.

 

  1. Don’t underestimate the value of sun protection

As we’ve mentioned earlier, sun protection is a key factor in all types of hyper pigmentation. The sun may not be the root cause with melasma, but UV exposure will make it worse.

 

And, more often than not, sunscreen just isn’t enough. You need to actually wear a hat and cover up as much as possible.

It’s not just about actively going into the sun, like going to the beach or swimming. It’s about taking every precaution, every day. In a car, the sun reaches your skin through the windows – it’s even reflected off mirrors and other cars. And, if you sit near a window at the office, it reaches you through the glass.

Basically, if you can see sunlight, it’s already reaching your skin, so be properly prepared.

 

For any questions regarding Melasma, contact:

info@layersclinic.co.za 0r 079 351 1771

Save

Save

No Comments

Post a Comment

FOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM

  • Instagram Image
  • Black Head Black Friday⚫️ // Let's clear out the blockage⠀
⠀
Do you struggle to keep those constant black heads away?⠀
⠀
Blackhead aka comedones are formed due to open pores that are clogged by dead skin cells and sebum. The blocked pore reacts with oxygen in the air, causing it to turn black.⠀
⠀
One misconception is that blackheads are dirt in your pores. Blackheads have nothing to do with dirt. When your skin's natural cell turnover process is sluggish, your pores collect a backlog of oil and dead skin cells.
⠀
Just remember, that you may not be able to completely rid your skin of comedones, but you can refine your pore size to minimize the appearance of them. ⠀
This is why I would suggest using a retinoid to help increase the cell turnover rate, keeping your pores clear.⠀
Happy weekend 🌿
⠀
 #skincare #healthyskin #skintips #blackfriday #comedomes #blackheads #retinol
  • No matter how chaotic life is, wild flowers still bloom.🌿 Throwback Thursday to day shared with inspiring people. 
This little lady really touched my heart me in so many ways. Her journey surviving cancer and positivity make you appreciate every day as a blessing. Rehante you are truly an angel.  #throwbackthursday #photooftheday #beautiful #happy #cancerawareness #motivation
  • About Nicola // "My mom always taught me one thing. If a man looks after his hands he will definitely look after you.⠀
⠀
First impressions usually last, and hands can be the way to project that. We greet each other by hand gesture and shaking. Think about it... shaking hands with someone is often your first point of contact with them.⠀
⠀
Hand grooming - this is a small detail,that we all should actually pay attention to. ⠀
⠀
View our latest blog article on how to take care nail health or book a appointment and let me know you how.⠀
⠀
⠀
 #nails #healthynails #manicure #skin #mensstyle #skincare #mensgrooming #badhabits #nailbiting #selflove #wellness #loveyourself #mindfulness
  • Skincare Treatment Special || Movember
⠀
Purchase any SPF for your male partner or yourself, and get 15% discount on your Skin Ceuticals Pigment Balancing Peel.⠀
⠀
Valid until 30th Nov'18⠀
⠀
For more information email me at info@layersclinic.co.za  #skinceuticals #promotion #discount #sunscreen #layersskin #november #lamelle #skincare
  • Whats New (s) // LUNA 2 mini ⠀
⠀
Customise your cleansing experience. ⠀
⠀
Do you ever feel like your cleanser just doesn't clean your skin enough and you need something more? Something that removes all the dirt and impurities? However, over cleansing with the wrong cleanser can do more harm to your skin than good. So what do you do?⠀
⠀
This is when I discovered the LUNA 2.⠀
⠀
LUNA 2 is a unisex cleansing tool suitable for all skin types. It drives away dead skin cells and unclogs 99.5% of pores from dirt and oil aka make up. ⠀
⠀
And unlike other cleansing devices with bristles that require excess sterilisation and transfer bacteria onto your skin, the LUNA 2 is made from an ultra-hygienic silicone that is nonporous and resist bacteria buildup. Preventing transfer of bacteria (??) and making your skin glow. ⠀
⠀
For more info on this product please email me.⠀
⠀
⠀
#foreo #luna2 #skincare #skincaretips #layerskin #cleanser #cleanskin
  • Saturday skincare tip // ⠀
Remember Sun burn fades but Sun Damages last.⠀
⠀
Even on cloud covered days UVA rays damage to your skin is still the same. So wear you SPF daily even when in door or out doors.⠀
⠀
Our darken skin types skin will even darken with SPF applied because of the type of melanin by just daily exposure but it is the damage that you want to avoid.⠀
Our lighter skin type are less fortunate and our damage is obtained quicker.⠀
⠀
So look after your skin - you would regret the good choices you make today.⠀
⠀
#movember #goodchoices #skintips #sundamage #sunburn #uvrays #menskincare #sunscreen
  • Men's Health // Movember 
Skincare / Skin health should be as important to men as it is to women.

As November is the month to bring awareness to men's health issues, such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and men's suicide. I think we should also bring awareness to skin health as men actually have a higher rate of skin cancer than women. 
When it comes to the skin, men have thicker, more oily skins with larger pores. 
So cleansing it properly should be essential to avoid build up of dead skin cells, clogging of pores and to make sure you remove the dirt and impurities off the skin.

For all men suffering from beard ingrown hair aka 
Pseudofolliculitis Barbae.

I recommended the Luna 2 - 3-In-1 Facial Scrub Brush, Pre-Shaving& Anti-Aging Device.

Easy to use and resulting in your razor blades to last twice as long. For more info please contact me.  #movember #menskincare #skincaretip #awareness #testicularcancer #prostatecancer #skincancer #skinhealth #layersskin #foreo #luna2 #folliculitis