What is melasma?

Melasma is a common skin condition that causes the appearance of brown to gray-brown patches of skin. Most people get it on their cheeks, bridge of their nose, forehead, chin, and above their upper lip. It can also appear on parts of the body that get a high level of sun exposure such as the forearms and neck.

Melasma can affect anyone and it happens when the body produces too much melanin, a natural substance that gives color to our skin, hair and eyes. More than 6 million women are estimated to have melasma. Only 10% of people affected with melasma are men. People with a family history of melasma are more prone to melasma as well as individuals with darker skin tones since they have more active melanocytes than individuals with light skin. Although no one is really certain what exactly causes melasma, there are many factors that can trigger it.

Common Melasma triggers:

Sun exposure
Hormone changes
Anti-seizure medications

Sun exposure is a major melasma trigger because ultraviolet (UV) light from the sun stimulates the melanocytes, which can increase melanin production. Melasma is sometimes referred to as “the pregnancy mask” or chloasma since it’s so common during pregnancy.

At Jeunesse Spa and Skin Care, we’ve seen great results treating melasma using the picosecond technology of the PicoWay Resolve laser. The unique picosecond laser technology of PicoWay removes benign pigment spots including; freckles, solar lentigines (brown spots on face), and melasma. PicoWay Resolve is a safe, effective treatment option for any skin type, and offers results in just a few treatments.

How does PicoWay Resolve Work to treat melasma?

Picosecond technology uses ultra-short bursts of energy to break up the pigmentation into smaller, more easily absorbed particles. So yes, we offer the fastest and most effective melasma treatment here at Jeunesse Spa and Skin Care!

The number of treatments will vary depending on the location, size, depth and type of pigment. The treatments are done in intervals of 4-6 weeks and some individuals will require more treatments than others for optimal results. While side effects are minimal and rare, they may include initial darkening and/or an ashy appearance of the lesion, as well as redness, swelling, bruising and crusting. Rare side effects include temporary or permanent hyperpigmentation/ hypopigmentation, blistering and scarring.

Can melasma be prevented?

You cannot prevent melasma in every case, but there are measures you can take that may help reduce your risk of developing it. Minimize your exposure to sunlight and try to wear sunscreen on a daily basis. We recommend Jeunesse Cosmedical Replenishing Sunscreen - Broad Spectrum SPF 36 or Jeunesse Cosmedical Daily Replenishing SPF 50