As aggravating as hyperpigmentation can be, understanding why it’s
happening and how you can stop it (yes, it can be done) is rule
number-one on the path to clear, even skin.
What Causes Melasma?
The exact cause of melasma remains unknown. Experts believe that the dark patches in melasma could be triggered by several factors, including pregnancy, birth control pills, hormone replacement therapy (HRT and progesterone), family history of melasma, race, antiseizure medications, and other medications that make the skin more prone to pigmentation after exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light. Uncontrolled sunlight exposure is considered the leading cause of melasma, especially in individuals with a genetic predisposition to this condition. [source: MedicineNet.com]
Melasma treated with Cosmelan
Color: Light to medium brown
Where It Occurs: On the cheeks, sides of the face, upper part of the nose, forehead and above the lip
What It Looks Like: Splotchy patches that are inconsistent in shape and size
Caused By: A surge in hormones usually from pregnancy or birth control coupled with sun exposure
Treat It With: Hydroquinone and Retin-A; salicylic, lactic or glycolic acid peels; Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) plus vitamin C; or Cosmelan. (Melasma is hard to treat because of its potential to recur.) [source: NewBeauty.com]
How does Cosmelan work?
The Cosmelan depigmentation peel is a breakthrough treatment that
utilizes a 2 pronged approach to eliminate dark patches caused by
melanin deposits. First, it deactivates a critical enzyme in the
production of melanin responsible for the formation of dark spots.
Secondly, it utilizes a proprietary blend of bleaching agents and
botanical ingredients to eliminate existing excess pigment deposits. Read more about Cosmelan here>>