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Melasma

Patient Concerns

A patient came into our office not too long ago, head hung low, baseball cap pulled down covering half her face. She said most days she doesn’t want to leave the house because people are always staring at the dark melasma stains across her face.

Did you know that over five million Americans suffer from melasma? First thing you need to know about treating melasma is that it will get worse before it gets better. The second thing you need to know is that people who suffer from it will experience depression and low self-esteem.

What is Melasma?

Melasma is caused when the cells that create melanin, known as melanocytes, become hyper-functional, overproducing pigment. Women with darker complexions that are typically of Asian, Hispanic, and African decent tend to be the most affected because they have a higher concentration of Eumelanin in their skin.

The heightened UV Index during summer means days upon days of melanocyte stimulation, causing dormant melasma to become activated and existing melanin to further darken.

Tips for Practitioners

The VI Peel Precision Plus should be the go-to treatment for melasma. The formula has a dual ability to not only lift and exfoliate epidermal pigmentation, but to also suppress future melanogenisis through the use of Hydroquinone and Kojic Acid.

Overall, the best tip we can give any practitioner is to set the proper expectations for the patient. Patients are already emotionally fragile, which is why they need to understand that treating melasma will take 5-7 treatments. Additionally, since we’re lifting the pigment through the layers of the epidermis, it will likely appear worse before it gets better.

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