Melasma is an increasingly common condition affecting more women of childbearing age than ever before. While the exact cause of Melasma is still debated among professionals, there is a clear link to hormone abnormalities resulting in physiologic and cellular changes.
Regardless of the causes, the disfiguring pigmentation can significantly impact the daily lives of those with Melasma.
The most common treatment for Melasma is hydroquinone. Not only is this toxic to the skin, harsh and irritating, the treatment delivers only moderate results. Even so, hydroquinone is used because it acts as an effective tyrosinase inhibitor. The tyrosinase (TYR) gene is ultimately responsible for the production of a pigment called melanin – the dark pigment in our skin – the enemy of all Melasma suffers. The issue with hydroquinone is that while it acts to block tyrosinase, it also stimulates melanin through additional inflammation (the irritating effect of the cream). The result of this conflict is moderate success in treating the condition. Some practitioners counteract this problem by adding a steroid to the treatment protocol which slows the production of melanin more than hydroquinone alone. Steroids, though, can promote the formation of scar tissue.
It should be noted that hydroquinone when used alone, over an extended period of time, can also promote permanent pigmentation.
New Developments in Treatment for Melasma Suffers
Given the mixed results of treating Melasma with hydroquinone, the medical community has focused on new treatment options with a view to developing a treatment that has more consistent, less harmful, results. Now, that focus as resulted in the development of a new peptide as a topical solution to treat Melasma. Simply stated, the patented peptide uses ‘zinc fingers’ technology to reduce inflammation at the cellular level to the point that intercellular components (DNA/RNA) begin repairing themselves. This repair regulates and improves the production of melanin. ‘Zinc fingers’ technology also makes it possible for other skin components associated with Melasma damage, to repair themselves.
The medical community is excited about the development of this new peptide and believes that Melasma can now be overcome without suppressing normal, protective pigment production, while avoiding further damage to the skin. Furthermore, the introduction of this ingredient means that Melasma suffers will not have to avoid the sun. More good news – users of the ‘zinc fingers’ technology report that they do not tend to sunburn when using this product.
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Les Nouvelles Esthetiques & Spa; American Edition; Volume 26; Number 4