Best ointments for melasma on the face

Today we are going to talk about melasma, a very common skin problem in Brazil, affecting a large number of women. According to recent data from the Brazilian Dermatology Association (SBD), it is estimated that 15 to 35% of women are affected by melasma in the country. Here you will find out what it is, why it appears and how to treat it, with a special focus on ointment products!

What is melasma?

Melasma is a dermatological condition characterized by the appearance of dark, irregular spots on the face. These spots are more common in areas exposed to the sun, such as the forehead, cheeks and upper lip. According to medical literature, melasma is defined as hyperpigmentation of the skin caused by increased melanin production.

Factors for the appearance of melasma

Melasma is a multifactorial condition, meaning that several factors contribute to its appearance. The main factors include sun exposure without adequate protection, genetic predisposition, hormonal changes, pregnancy and use of hormonal contraceptives. Understanding these factors is crucial to effective melasma treatment.

Photoprotection: the fundamental treatment

The most fundamental and preventive treatment for melasma is photoprotection. This means using sunscreen daily, even on cloudy days, and reapplying it regularly. It is essential to choose a sunscreen with a high protection factor (SPF) and broad spectrum to protect against UVA and UVB rays. Additionally, it is important to wear wide-brimmed hats and clothes that protect your skin from the sun.

Others products: melasma ointments

In addition to photoprotection, there are other product options that can be used to treat melasma. These include lightening creams that contain active ingredients like glycolic acid, kojic acid, and hydroquinone. After an in-depth investigation, I discovered the community's most loved products to combat melasma spots! 💁‍♀️✨

But remember, see? It is very necessary to consult a dermatologist before using these products as they can cause skin irritation if not used correctly.

This is BioDerma's NightRenewer! It was recommended by many people I consulted, including some who said that when they started using it they had already given up on getting rid of the melasma spots on their face. As of today, 10/08/2023, it is on a very good promotion on Amazon! Even cheaper than the other two below.

This Eucerin Serum surprises. Just look at the reviews – I used it myself at one time. It's only 30ml, but you'll want to squeeze the bottle just to use every last drop. It's really worth it, especially if you find good deals. Sign up for our newsletter if you want to know about promotions!

You will hardly go wrong with this cream, it is very likely that it will solve your problems. But... I won't deceive you, you need to have money to maintain a skincare routine that has it. It usually costs around R$400, even during a promotion it can be expensive for some budgets.

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

1. Is melasma a permanent condition?

  • According to Dr. Eveline Bartels, melasma “has control! It is difficult to talk about curing melasma since it is a chronic hyperpigmentation change. The most important thing is to prevent the spots from appearing for the first time, especially in patients with a family history and pregnant women. After they appear, appropriate treatments, in most cases, can make them very clear or almost imperceptible.” 

2. When is the best time to apply sunscreen?

  • Sunscreen should be applied every morning, even on cloudy days, and reapplied every two hours, especially when exposed to the sun.

3. Which whitening ingredients are effective against melasma?

  • Ingredients such as glycolic acid, kojic acid and hydroquinone can help lighten melasma spots.

4. Is melasma hereditary?

  • Yes, genetic predisposition can increase the risk of developing melasma.

5. Can pregnancy trigger melasma?

  • Yes, hormonal changes during pregnancy can trigger or worsen melasma in some women. It is known as the “pregnancy mask”.

References

Melasma | Drauzio Varella – Drauzio Varella (uol.com.br)

4 questions about Melasma – interview with Dr Eveline Bartels – Lu Ferreira | Chata Galoshe!

Melasma: Literary Review on Treatment and Prevention (crbm1.gov.br)

Melasma – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (wikipedia.org)

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