Clear up your Melasma

Melasma is a common skin condition that causes brown or gray patches. The patches are caused by the body producing too much melanin, which is what gives our hair, skin and eyes their color. Melasma is very commonly found on the face and can often develop during pregnancy, which is why it is sometimes called The Mask of Pregnancy. Melasma is commonly found in women and can affect the face, and other areas exposed to the sun, like the neck, shoulders and arms.  When found on the face, melasma usually appears in a butterfly pattern spread over the nose, cheeks, forehead and chin.

While no one is sure what causes melasma, it can be triggered by things like pregnancy, certain cosmetics and some medications like birth control pills. Sun exposure is another trigger, so if you have melasma, it’s even more important to avoid the sun and keep your skin protected.

Melasma isn’t contagious, it isn’t cancerous and it won’t affect your health. It can, however, cause a lot of distress for people who suffer from it. Thankfully, there are products that can help clear it up.

BasharaCare recommends the following products to help treat melasma and get you ready for the upcoming social season:

SkinMedica Lytera Brightening SystemThis is a 3-in-1 brightening system, a facial cleanser, a serum and a retinol complex, that work together to help brighten the skin by evening out the skin tone. The Lytera brightening system also helps reduce the appearance of dark spots and hyperpigmentation, making it perfect for treating melasma.

Exuviance Toning Neck Cream –  By correcting the signs of excessive sun exposure, this cream will help fade patches associated with melasma, as well as prevent new ones from forming. It will also stimulate collagen to firm, lift and tighten the delicate, and often neglected, skin on your neck.

South Beach Body Milk For All Over This gentle body milk will effectively target dark patches on the body and brighten your skin. It is free from hydroquinone and kojic acid, and instead uses natural extracts to safely lighten hyperpigmentation.

–  Rebecca Harrisson