People who struggle with Melasma have all kinds of skin types – just like the rest of us. However, if you have Melasma, chances are that your skin is dry, resistant and tight. That happens to be one of the most common skin types among those who have Melasma.
If you have this skin type, you rarely struggle with oiliness and outbreaks, your skin can tolerate most products (except for those you should avoid) although your skin might become tight and drier as you age.
While many consider freckles attractive, the presence of pigmented patches is not appealing. In women, these dark patches are especially evident during pregnancy, or while taking oral contraceptives or hormone replacement therapy, since higher levels of estrogen cause melanoncytes to product more melanin (skin pigment).
For both men and women, sun exposure can cause dark pigment or freckles on the face and body. Depeding on your skin type, dark patches of pigment can also result from injury to the skin, like cuts, ingrown hairs, acne and exposure to heat. Dryness, rough fabrics, skin irritation or inflammation will also stimulate the formation of patches of dark pigment (melasma).
If you have Melasma with dry, resistant, tight skin, you might also experience:
- Dry skin
- Rough patches over the knees and elbows
- Freckles or sun spots
- Dark patches on cheeks
- Dark circles under the eyes
- Dark areas from previous skin injuries
- Itchy skin
- Flaking skin
Recommended Daily Skincare
The goal of your skincare routine should be to address dry and pigmented areas with products that deliver hydrating, moisturizing and skin lightening actions.
Antioxidants (like Vitamins C and E, Green Tea) will lessen inflammation that leads to dark spots while products containing Retinol help lighten dark spots and reverse signs of aging.
Below is a recommended daily routine (using non-prescription products) designed to heal dry skin and treat dark patches.
|Step 1: Wash with cleanser||Step 1: Wash with cleanser|
|Step 2: Apply skin lightener to affected areas||Step 2: Apply skin lightener to affected areas|
|Step 3: Spray face with facial water*||Step 3: Spray face with facial water*|
|Step 4: Apply eye cream||Step 4: Apply eye cream|
|Step 5: Apply moisturizer with SPF||Step 5: Apply night cream|
|Step 6: Apply foundation or use a combination moisturizer, sunscreen and foundation to protect your skin from further damage/dark patches|
|* Facial waters come from thermal springs and are free of chemicals. Spray water on the face and neck right before applying eye cream and moisturizer – these will help trap the water on the skin, helping heal the dryness on a daily basis. Apply moisturizers immediately following facial spray.|
For more information about Melasma and skin lighteners, please read our articles below.