Hormonal Pigmentation & Melasma
Melasma, also known as hormonal pigmentation, is a considerable problem for many Australian women. It is a chronic skin condition that occurs on the face in the form of brown patches and is an active condition that often requires long term management.
UVA rays are a stimulant for melanin (brown pigmentation) to develop on the skin, and unfortunately can even penetrate through car window glass.
- Any change in hormonal status with higher levels of estrogen is thought to trigger and aggravate the condition (i.e. birth control pills and pregnancy).Discontinuing the use of contraceptives rarely clears the pigmentation and it may last for many years after discontinuation.
- After pregnancy Melasma (chloasma) or pigmentation usually clears within a few months of delivery but may persist indefinitely.
- Any activities that cause intense heat to the face (from steam showers, hot closed environments, sitting on the beach even under cover and with full sun protection, etc causes inflammation which is a powerful stimulator of melanin.
- It is more prevalent in darker-complexioned individuals though persons of any race can be affected due to the intense sun exposure in Australia.
- Melasma is seen most frequently in young women but can be seen in men as well.
Envisage Clinic offers the following treatments for Hormonal Pigmentation