What is Melasma:
I know some of you may be asking what is Melasma
A condition in which brown patches appear on the face.Melasma can be due to hormonal changes during pregnancy or from sun exposure. Women are much more likely than men to develop this condition.The brown or gray-brown patches of melasma appear most often on the cheeks, forehead, nose, and chin.In women, melasma often fades on its own after pregnancy or after an affected woman goes off birth control pills. Another cause of severe melasma is nt using sunscreen especially during pregnancy. Sunscreen should be used daily whether you are inside or outside for most of the day. I will be telling you 5 treatments and remedies that can help with Melasma.
1. Vitamin D Intake:
Vitamin D is an essential hormone synthesized in the skin and is responsible for skin pigmentation. Low levels of vitamin D have been observed in vitiligo patients and in patients with other autoimmune diseases. My Vitamin D Levels were and still are extremely low. I actually was put on prescription Vitamin D (high level) that I would have to take once a week. Making sure you have proper amounts of vitamin D can help with your complexion of your skin, it helps with fatigue, and it also helps with Bone Health. This goes back to my previous post about hair growth and making sure your body is regulated. Going for well checks and making sure your blood levels are within normal range. If t’s not within normal range having supplements and taking medication to reverse the condition can help you in more ways than one.
- Mary Ruth Organics Vitamin D3 Gummies:
I started taking Mary Ruth Vitamin D 3 in December. I noticed fatigue and the more I researched about Melasma I gained more insight. These gummies are vegan friendly and contain
Strengthen Your Bones With This Delicious, Vegan D3 Gummy. D3, or cholecalciferol, is the same kind of vitamin D that your body naturally produces, here in vegan, gummy form. I started taking these dummies in December. I noticed fatigue and the more I researched about Melasma I gained more insight. These gummies are vegan friendly and contain
Made With Organic Ingredients | Non-GMO | No Gelatin | Pectin Based | Vegan | Dairy Free | Nut Free* | Gluten & Wheat Free | Soy Free | Corn Free | Nightshade Free | Made with Organic Cane Sugar | Celiac Friendly | Kid Friendly | Made in a GMP Facility
I started to take these daily along with my dose for my prescription. I have a follow up appointment next week and I will see how my Vitamin D levels are. If they are within normal range I may only take my prescription Vitamin D once a month and continue to take these daily. The goal is to only to take these daily without a prescription. Head to their site for more information. Also make sure you are checking with your doctor and using all supplements based on their
2. Active Ingredients in Daily Skin Routine:
You can incorporate serums and moisturizers with active ingredients to help with the hyperpigmentation, melasma and acne scars. I tend to use two active ingredients that help with reducing the hyperpigmentation.
- Retinol: I have multiple products with retinol on it. I use a serum, wipes , or moisturizer. Ill tell you below the 3 types I use:
Neutrogena Stubborn Acne PM: I use this as a spot treatment for acne ( to reduce the acne) and to also remove the scar. It is a moisturizer that had retinol that can be used across your skin. I typically only use it as a spot treatment. However, it can be used both ways.
Sunday Riley A+ Retinol Serum: This is serum that can be used at night under your moisturizer. I feel that this product is great for your overall face. I tend to use it under my eyes and cheekbone area.
Skinscript Glycolic & Retinol Pads: this helps with skin brightening with ingredients such as, Kojic & Arbutin added to the actives. I use this at night and its enough for moisture as well.
3. Chemical Peel :
Ok y’all don’t go running for the hills. I know the name sounds very intimidating However, this is a God send for so many reasons. I have tried multiple things to clear my acne and hyperpigmentation up. For the amount of melasma I have and acne and texture I decided to do rounds of chemical peels. Last year in February I had one chemical peel it was one layer did not hurt at all. I peeled for 5 days. Prior to the peel my Aesthtician KimBBrows prepped my skin. I had a facial with extractions ( when they release white heads and acne). She followed up with a Microdermabrasion and derma planing. My face was so smooth. She sent me home with a regimen from Glymedplus ( products she uses). I started my regimen of cleansing , vitamin C, and sunblock for my morning routine. Following up with a double cleanse , Vitamin C and AHA for my night routine. I did this routine for 2 weeks, then I headed back in for my one layer peel. To see more on my first peel. You can click here : https://youtu.be/FsIeF9v98lc
Fast forward to 2021 and I am now able to continue any peel journey. I as not able to do my series of peels last year due to COVID and quarantine. I had a 3 layer peel this time and let me tell you now IT WAS NO JOKE!!!!! This time I did a 3 layer peel. That had a combination of Retinol, Glycolic Acid, TCA, and Vitamin A . The first layer was ok no real pain or burning more like a tingly sensation. The second layer is when things started to turn up notch . The burning sensation was highly present and it took longer for it to subside. After the layer is put on I sit with a fan on my face to help with the burning sensation. It really wasn’t doing much after like 10 minutes. My Aesthetician put the 3rd layer on and that’s when I proceeded to act like a fool. You all know I’m very transparent so let me start by saying That ISH WAS BURNING !!!!!!!! I couldn’t even lay still on the table. I had to sit up and take deep breaths like I was in labor. I had the fans on me more than 10 minutes at this point. My Aesthtician began to put the barrier cream that smelled like mint. This process stung because now my skin is super sensitive. After a while the barrier cream help the symptoms and the burning sensation was much more tolerable. I was scared for a second that I wouldn’t be able to drive myself home. Another 5 minutes later I was good to go like nothing ever happened. I went home and was told do not wash your face until the next day in the evening. My regimen was to wash at night with my cleanser from Glymed plus and and use my Blackgirl sunscreen for moisture. This was my morning and night routine, with re-application of sunscreen throughout the day for the peeling process and for the dryness. As the days go by the skin peeled off more especially when I applied the sunscreen.
DO’S During The Peel:
- Do Use gentle cleanser
- Do Use SPF (non pore clogging ) Black Girl Sunscreen
- Do Re-moisturize with SPF throughout the day
- Do stay out the sun
- Do wear a hat with large brim when outside
DON’T During Your Peel:
- Don’t Pick your skin
- Don’t Peel Your skin
- Don’t put anything other than your regimen on your skin
- Don’t stay in the sun
- Don’t do strenuous exercise ( it can cause burning and clog your pores)
When finding an Aesthetician make sure you are looking for cleanliness, Strict COVID protocols, ones that specialize in melanin skin. For my melanin ladies our skin reacts different to a lot of things. Going to someone who specializes in our conditions makes a huge difference. Do your research before letting anyone touch your face. Dermatologist also offers these treatments and can be approved by your insurance company if you have conditions that can be coded. Let me know if you try any of these products give a girl a tag (and let me know how they are working for you).