Face The Facts: Treating Pigmentation, Melasma and Rosacea

Hyperpigmentation, melasma and rosacea are three of the most common skin complaints here in the Emirates. But what exactly are they and how do you treat them? Let us break them down for you.

Hyperpigmentation and melasma are both very common conditions where the skin becomes darker in areas. Hyperpigmenation literally means too much pigment. It can occur anywhere on the face and can be caused by any number of reasons from sun damage to acne, while melasma is usually caused by hormonal changes like pregnancy or hormone replacement therapy and occurs over the forehead, cheeks, nose and upper lip.

The good news? Today’s skin lightening products are extremely efficient and best of all, gentle on your skin. Products that contain hydroquinone or vitamin C will effectively lighten dark patches. Extreme C by Dermalogica can be used mixed into moisturizer, or applied directly to dark areas for super-charged Vitamin C treatment, while Neostrata Bionic Skin Lightening Cream contains hydroquinone to lighten dark spots and also has a built in SPF for extra protection. If you don’t already wear sunscreen every day (shame on you!), it is even more important to wear it when using skin lightening products. Some of these products can make your skin extra sensitive to the sun and using sunscreen will protect it while preventing the skin from re-darkening and undoing all of your hard work.

Rosacea, on the other hand, is a condition when the skin turns red and can sometimes have a little bit of swelling or even sores. While there is no known cure for rosacea, it can be treated and outbreaks can be minimized. Some lifestyle tips to try are avoiding sun exposure, reducing stress and staying away from spicy foods.  People with rosacea need to treat their skin with lots of TLC and avoid abrasive products. Obagi Rosaclear System was created specifically to treat rosacea without irritating the skin. For a quick fix, try using a green makeup primer under your makeup. The green pigment will cancel out any redness in your skin and nobody will be the wiser.


Aseya Atiq

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