June 4, 2013

Understanding Skin Pigmentation Among Asian Women

Melasma is a common condition occurring in Asian women between 20 and 40 years old. This is a prime age when women would want to be their most beautiful selves. Yet melasma, which is a type of skin pigmentation that creates brown to black spots on the face and other parts of the body, can take away the confidence of women at a time when should be their most beautiful.

Melasma: Skin Pigmentation That Can Appear In Three Areas On The Face

The first type of melasma is called centrofacial melasma, which occurs on the central area of the face including the forehead, nose, cheeks, and upper lips. The second type is called malar melasma, which occurs exclusively on the cheeks. And the last type is called mandibular melasma which occurs on the jaw.

The real cause of melasma is unknown, but doctors generally attribute it to constant and prolonged exposure to intense sunlight. It is a generally accepted fact that the sun’s ultraviolet rays can cause skin irritation, from skin pigmentation to the more serious condition of skin cancer.

Also, melasma has been known as the Pregnancy Mask, as it appears on the faces of pregnant women. Doctors explain that this may be due to hormonal imbalances or is a side effect of birth contraceptives. Still others explain that melasma may be a genetic condition.

Laser Based Solution To Skin Pigmentation

Most topical solution for melasma has yet to prove their efficacy. The good news is there are minimally invasive procedures which experts conduct to be able to erase the brown and black pigmentation of the skin. One such solution involves the use of laser light to break down the dark skin pigments and allow for new skin to surface or regenerate. Thus, the procedure is called as laser skin regeneration, using a variety of laser equipment. Other procedures also include dermabrasion, where the dark skin spots are peeled off to give way to new skin.

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