Melasma: The Pregnancy Mask
Many women in Nashville experience melasma, especially while pregnant and it is often thought of as a pregnancy side effect. However, there are many other factors that can trigger melasma...
Common triggers for melasma are:
Genetics: Those with melasma are genetically predisposed.
Hormones: Pregnancy, birth control, hormone replacement therapy, and natural hormone fluctuations can darken pigmentation. It is important to pay special attention to what active ingredients you are using on your skin when you are pregnant. Some may be contraindicated.
Sun exposure: So crucial to avoid sun exposure as much as possible (make sure to wear a hat, sunglasses) and always wear a physical sunscreen (zinc oxide/titanium dioxide) everyday. And re-apply every 2-3 hours (I suggest having baby wipes on hand to wipe the skin down then re-apply so that the skin doesn’t get too “gunky” during the day.)
Heat: You will want to avoid saunas, steam rooms, hot tubs, hot yoga, and no steam during a facial treatment. Also, just know that any laser or light treatment that gives off heat will be triggering. It might not appear that way at first, but it is going to bring the pigmentation back with a vengeance and make it 10 times hard to fade. This Nashville summer heat is something to beware of. If you have or are susceptible to melasma , stay cool this summer avoid being outside when possible.
Friction: You will want to avoid scrubs, polishes, microdermabrasion facials, Clarisonic brushes or other skin brushes. See your Esthetician for the best masks, cleansers, and products for YOUR individual skin care needs.
Do your best to eliminate any of the melasma triggers above.To some of you that list may be overwhelming and include several activities and/or treatments you are not wanting to give up. Starting a lightening skin care system and monthly skin care treatments can help make sure you are successful at fading it! If you have any questions about melasma care and treatment in Nashville this summer, don't hesitate to call!
A combination of professional treatment and active ingredient home care will provide the best results. Here at Spa Haus Nashville we offer several products and treatments to help target and treat melasma . Call us today at (615) 686-8433 or email to book your consultation and get started on taking back your skin!