Pigmentation & Melasma

There are different types of hyperpigmentations that usually require various treatments.

Melasma

Melasma is a common skin condition, occurring mainly in women, which symmetrically affects the skin’s photo-exposed area.

Melasma is a chronic and recurring disorder that significantly impacts a patient’s social and professional life, and has a huge impact on an individual’s self-confidence. It presents as symmetrical darker patchy areas that can get worse after sun exposure, usually in darker skin types.

Melasma is commonly seen in women that have “unusual” or extreme hormonal factors, caused by:

  • Birth control pill.
  • Pregnancy.
  • Taking hormone replacement therapy.

Our Approach to Melasma

Understanding The Condition

Our approach comes from the aim to understand the root cause of this disorder and applying integrative medical principles treating each patient in a personalised manner. Intriguingly, melasma seems to have a hereditary component, regardless of gender.

A study showed that 70% of Latino men with melasma also had a family member with this condition, proving a hereditary component. Additionally, the presence of xenoestrogens, inflammation, UV radiation, higher binding capacity of receptors in the skin for hormones (even in normal hormone production) can all contribute to melasma.

Management of Melasma

At 8th Sense we consider all possible causes when we prescribe a personalised treatment tailored to each client. This often includes lifestyle changes and medical detoxification combined with topical products and creams:

  • Topical creams to prevent further melanin formation and to lighten current pigmented areas.
  • Chemical peels and laser to treat unwanted melanin in the cells (ClearLift laser).
  • Avoiding sun exposure.
  • Avoiding toxic estrogen and xenoestrogens from the environment (phthalates, parabens, epoxides present in personal body care).
  • Detoxification support.
  • Consuming organic food and using organic skincare products.
  • β-receptor agonists.
*Disclaimer: Treatment results will vary on a patient to patient basis. No guarantees can be made.