Kerry Bakewell

Treatment Methods For Melasma or Hyperpigmentation

April 12, 2015 - Posted by in Melasma


7 Different Treatments Explained

You’ll be pleased to know there are some excellent treatments for your Melasma or Hyperpigmentation skin problem. We want to introduce you to some of the most common Melasma treatments. Then you’ll understand how MonoDermà is an aid to each type.

These modern treatments help reduce melasma and other skin discoloration issues that you might have. For many, including yourself, this process may result in dramatic improvements in your complexion and self-esteem.

IPL Light Treatment

Intense Pulsed Light or photorejuvenation is a mode that uses high energy light in short bursts to penetrate the skin. It’s focused on the specific skin afflicted with discolored pigmentation and lightens it. It’s used to treat rosacea, spider veins, and as well for hair removal.

The stinging sensation you’ll feel during the treatment may last for quite a few hours – feeling much like a sunburn. Some users have experienced significant swelling.

Fraxel Laser

Fraxel is a type of laser system that uses intense laser light to zap the melanin in your skin to lighten its colour. Laser light goes deeper into your skin than a topical serum or cream would, and deeper than IPL. The Fraxel lasering process also stimulates the production of more collagen in your skin.

Carbon Dioxide Laser Skin Resurfacing

Fractional Laser CO2 provides some valued skin rejuvenation benefits. A high-energy beam of laser light (ultrapulse) is used to smooth out wrinkles, scars and lines. Just as with Fraxel laser treatments, it stimulates the growth of collagen.

Microdermabrasion

This treatment is thought by some to be a better treatment than plastic surgery, chemical peels or botox injections. In the treatment, tiny grains are applied to the skin to buff away surface skin cells on the epidermis or top layer of skin which has many fine lines, blemishes and sun damage.

The body interprets the treatment as an injury and sets forth processes to repair it with new cells. The skin may be red and swelled for several hours after the dermabrasion. After having the microdermabrasion treatment, cerum products such as MonoDermà can more easily penetrate and infuse the skin.

Chemical Peels

In this treatment, a liquid solution is applied to the skin which makes it blister and shed a layer of skin. The treatment can reduce fine lines, improve scars, treat some forms of acne, and reduce age spots, freckles and hyperpigmentation.

After your chemical peel treatment (depending on the specific treatment and skin recovery) you may be advised to apply a topical serum such as MonoDermà – to infuse it with needed vitamins.

To maintain the benefits of your treatment, pure vitamins such as A, C, E, and M help to rejuvenate and speed healing, along with producing additional collagen.

Skin Bleaching

These substances also known as bleaching creams lighten skin affected by melasma, scarring, freckles, dark spots, age spots, or sun damage spots. Available in many forms, the skin bleaches (Hydroquinone cream, Glutathione) fade or neutralize the melanin in the skin to make it lighter.

Hyperpigmentation Serums

These lotions or topical vitamins are certainly the least painful solution for melasma or hyperpigmentation conditions. Those who have used the melasma treatments above, will often use these serums afterward to rejuvenate their skin and maintain collagen production. Serums containing pure vitamins such as Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E & Vitamin M are more effective.

Vitamin A or retinol acts as a skin refresher and regulator. It increases the natural skin exfoliation rate to create a fresher complexion.

Vitamin C helps to generate collagen and elastin which is often lacking in unhealthy skin, and helps correct hyperpigmentation / melasma.

Vitamin E or tocopherol helps to soothe and calm the skin. It also helps hydrate.

Vitamin M is used to help skin recover from various treatments as well as sun exposure.

All of the above treatments come with varying levels of cost, time, pain, risks and results. You’ll want to consult with your doctor or skin treatment specialist to achieve optimal results for hyperpigmentation treatment.

Learn more about MonoDermà products which use pure vitamins to create healthy lustrous complexions. They’re non-allergenic and dermatologist approved.


5 thoughts on “Treatment Methods For Melasma or Hyperpigmentation”

  1. Stephanie says:

    I am considering doing IPL for my melasma. Can I use Monoderma C in conjunction with this treatment? Or before or after?
    I have also read that IPL can make melasma worse. What’s your opinion on that?
    Thank you.

  2. Great questions Stephanie-
    With any dermatology treatment, it is best to check with your Dermatologist as to the very best product/treatment for your particular needs and very precious skin.
    MonoDermà C can be used before or after treatment (once the skin has recovered/calmed). For more dramatic results, MonoDermà C can be applied in the morning and the evening on clean dry skin. Moisturizer, foundation or SPF can be applied after a few minutes .
    It is very important to ALWAYS wear SPF to help preserve the effects of MonoDermà C and protect your skin from harmful effects of the sun. Every time UV light hits brown spots, it will make them worse!
    Melasma has 4 main causes: genetics, sun exposure, hormones, inflammation. It can be an epidermal, dermal or both (epidermal and dermal condition). Treatment will depend on cause. IPL can make melasma worse, especially if you are a darker skin type. Do your research, visit a dermatology centre which offers the pros and cons of the various options/treatments and which has a board certified Dermatologist on-site. Your skin is worth it!

  3. Stephanie says:

    Thank you, Kerry For the sound advice. I will see a dermatologist before doing IPL. And I will try the Monoderma C in the mean time.

  4. Anna says:

    In the past I have had 2 chemical peels–short lived results for going through a lot of pain. i am very careful about protecting my skin, i always wear sunscreen etc etc.. I am currently using product line called LUMINESCE, which has adult stem cell technology.. But my pigmentation a is all coming back, I have under eye dark circles that won’t go away no matter how much sleep I get. So my question is any can I use all of monoderma products in conjunction with my LUMINESCE everyday? I want to use the MonoDerma C10, M5, and A15.. Would it be ok and safe to use those 3 products everyday? I want to get rid of my pigmentations,help fight fine lines, and overall get younger looking skin.. I do get regular facials every 6 weeks Microdermabrasion and glycolic facial.. Thank you

    1. Thank you for your note–Great comments and questions! Simple is better-So lets start with your current skin care.
      You can combine MonoDerma with your current products. For optimal benefit and efficacy, it is recommended to use MonoDerma products on a clean dry face. (The first product you apply to your face)
      Any exposure to the sun will result in a return of hyperpigmentation / melasma. It’s very important to wear SPF every day.

      For your particular concern of hyperpigmentation, MonoDerma C10 is recommended in the a.m. AND the p.m. (on a clean dry face). You can then apply other products like primer, foundation, SPF. There is a before and after on our website- “Diane”. She used MonoDerma C every evening and every morning. She was very careful with wearing SPF and has had tremendous results.

      MonoDerma A15 is recommended at night as this is pure retinol and can cause slight redness. MonoDerma A15 can be cycled—and doesn’t need to be applied every night. This is for exfoliation. (perhaps a week every month) Fine lines can appear due to cellular build up or from too many products, so exfoliation is necessary.

      MonoDerma M5 is very effective in helping to correct structural damage from harmful UV rays. (Recommended at night as well)

      For pigmentation issues: MonoDerma C a.m. and p.m.. Adding MonoDerma E or M in the evening will help calm your skin.

      For difficult dark circles, diet can sometimes be a factor (food allergies or intolerance) or even iron deficiency. You may want to check with your physician.

      The best results will come from a.m. / p.m. application and NO exposure to sun…SPF, SPF, SPF! 🙂

      I hope this helps-Please let me know if you have more questions.

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