Smoother Skin Clinic Blog

Understanding Melasma & Why IPL Can Make It Worse

Posted by Andrew on 17-Aug-2017 13:45:00

Do you suffer from dark patches of pigmentation on your upper lip, across your nose, cheekbones or jawline or on your forehead? If you answered yes, you may have Melasma. This common but chronic (meaning it can last for many years) skin condition is identified by dark brown or greyish patches of pigmentation on the face, typically appearing on the upper lip, nose, cheeks, jawline and forehead. It’s more common than you think and many women suffer with it for years before realising what triggers it and how to treat it effectively and safely. 

When treated incorrectly, or when left untreated, Melasma often worsens. There are however, safe and effective treatment options which we will discuss, plus we’ll give you some handy tips to help avoid exacerbating this harmless but confidence-impacting skin condition.

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Topics: Melasma, Pigmentation Removal

Top 4 Causes For Dark Spots of Pigmentation On The Face

Posted by Andrew on 30-Jun-2017 14:14:35

As we age, it’s common to notice areas of darker facial pigmentation, particularly in our sunny climate. You may notice that in Winter it improves slightly, only to return with gusto again in Summer.  Sun exposure is the obvious cause for darker patches of pigmentation on our skin, but what about the lesser-known ones? Is it something you are actually causing?

We discuss the top 4 causes for pigmentation concerns, specifically melasma as many women we see don’t even know they have the condition. 

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Topics: Melasma, Pigmentation Removal

Melasma Management Frequently Asked Questions

Posted by Andrew on 17-May-2017 11:08:38

Melasma is one of the most complicated and difficult skin conditions and “How do I treat it?" is one of the hardest questions to answer. The most important point to be aware of when dealing with this skin pigmentation condition is to know that it is stimulated by heat, so the treatment you have been considering must not apply heat otherwise you will make the condition worse.

In this article we explain how you can stop exacerbating melasma, answer frequently asked questions and discuss the leading melasma management program.

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Topics: Melasma

Top 5 Things You Should Know About Melasma

Posted by Andrew on 15-Mar-2017 19:11:11

Have you noticed dark patches of pigmentation on your face since taking the contraceptive pill, or during pregnancy? It could be melasma. This common skin condition is often triggered by hormones and shows as darker patches of pigmentation on the face – on the upper lip, cheeks, chin, bridge of the nose and the forehead.

If you have melasma, the great news is that you can see results in just a few treatments using the PicoWay. Unlike traditional (heat producing) lasers, the PicoWay laser works at picosecond speed – a trillionth of a second, making it the world’s fastest laser to give you fast and noticeable results. The PicoWay is safe to use on all skin tones and it produces minimal heat which makes it ideal for melasma treatment as this common skin condition worsens with heat.

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Topics: Melasma

Melasma Management Is A Holistic Approach

Posted by Andrew on 18-Jan-2017 13:48:41

When we think about melasma and how to treat it, we need to talk in terms of a holistic approach. Jut like the journey to losing weight is a holistic approach – healthy diet, more exercise, improved lifestyle – a multi-pronged approach to improving the appearance of melasma will have greater and longer term effects. The management of this skin condition requires a tailored treatment plan based on your particular skin type and symptoms.

Beware the inexperienced operators who recommend IPL or the wrong type of laser as the heat generated only makes the condition worse. Melasma is sensitive to heat so choosing the right treatment is crucial.

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Topics: Melasma

What Is Melasma and How To Safely Treat It

Posted by Andrew on 15-Nov-2016 11:36:00

Many women in their twenties and thirties often notice darker pigmentation appearing on their face. These marks can be mistaken for age spots. A common skin condition that appears as brown-grey patches on the face, specifically the cheeks, forehead, upper lip and jawline is Melasma. This form of pigmentation is stimulated by heat, so the correct treatment is imperative to avoid making its appearance worse. 

In this article we explain melasma, what causes it and effective treatment and management.

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Topics: Melasma