How much time do you put into the way you look every day? While this number is different for everyone, investing some time into your appearance can really help you to go out into the world more confidently and feel better about yourself. I started going to spas and salons a few months back, and it was really nifty to see how many services they offered that could really improve my life. I decided that it would be incredible to work with other people to teach them about spas and salons, since they can make you feel renewed and refreshed.
Melasma is a really common condition that results in hyperpigmented spots on the skin. It's most common on the face, and patients often find it really bothersome. Often, they assume there's nothing they can do other than cover the spots up with concealer or other makeup, but this is not really the case. In fact, most med spas offer a couple of treatments that can help diminish the hyperpigmented spots caused by melasma.
You can find some skin bleaching treatments sold over-the-counter at beauty supply stores, but the concentration of bleaching agents in these treatments is generally so low that they don't do much to diminish the appearance of melasma. A medical practitioner, like those who work at med spas, can give you a stronger bleaching treatment. The active ingredient is usually something like lactic acid or glycolic acid, which works by reducing your skin's production of melanin, the pigment that causes the spots.
At a med spa, your practitioner may administer what's known as a chemical peel. During this process, they apply the bleaching agent to the affected parts of your face and then rinse it away minutes later. Your skin may be a bit red and irritated for a few days, but once it heals, your melasma spots should be much less obvious.
IPL stands for intense pulsed light. This type of facial is becoming quite popular in medical spas. It involves shooting pulses of a very specific wavelength of light at the affected parts of your face. IPL facials can be used to treat a variety of conditions, from acne to enlarged pores, but they can also be really helpful in addressing the pigmented spots of melasma. The light is absorbed by the skin cells that produce melanin, and it causes them to be less productive. The less melanin they produce, the less obvious your spots become.
IPL facials can be a little uncomfortable. Patients feel like their skin is being snapped with a rubber band. But thankfully, this sensation is short-lived, and you should only feel sore for a day or two post-treatment. You may need a few IPL treatments in order to dramatically fade your melasma spots.
In spite of changing the appearance of your skin, melasma is not a medically serious or worrisome condition. It can easily be managed at a med spa, using the treatments above. Talk to a medical spa practitioner to learn more.