Melasma Los Angeles – Don’t You Hate It
I love to do permanent makeup, however the one skin care issue that I am all too familiar with is melasma. Los Angeles has a diverse population, melasma is fairly common in Asian and Hispanic populations. Melasma also occurs with Black and Caucasian skin. Millions of women and some men suffer from this very difficult to treat skin condition. Even cosmetic lasers are not effective, and can even cause melasma – especially if you have a medium to dark complexion. I’ve had melasma for about 8 years, and I’ve really tried practically every product out there. From drug store brands like Porcelana, to prescription Obagi, to Vivite, then Lumixyl to Clinque Dark Spot Corrector, the list goes on and on and on.
Melasma is overproducing, sensitized pigment cells that cause patchy pigmentation areas primarily on the cheeks, forehead and upper lip. You must wear sunscreen vigilantly, and be very careful in dealing with it because many things can make it even worse. Here a list, it’s a long one – stress, hormones, heat, not eating or sleeping regularly, sun exposure, your home lighting, and even the light emitting from your laptop or computer.
A fair complexion is very near and dear to many people, especially those that are from or around Asia. A tanned complexion especially for a woman is a huge no no. Even the men desire and seek the light skin all the celebrities have. One time, I was on the phone to an IT support person in the Philippines, and we started a detailed discussion on how to brighten and lighten the skin as we waited for my computer to reboot. The IT guy, and yes he was a guy – suggested glutathione oral supplements, and so I even purchased those online and tried that too.
Adversity to tanned skin is because it is seen as not only aging, but originates from the view that an untanned complexion means not having to do outdoor manual labor in the crop fields, etc. I write about this, not in agreement but to convey the historical reasons for this very strong preference, and how it is still very prevalent today. Personally, with dark hair, I just think the contrast looks better on me.
While there are many others in Europe and the United States do prefer a tanned look as it is slenderizing, has an athletic appearance, etc. In contrast to the view above, a tan is also a status symbol, as in being able to vacation abroad, or summer at the resort and therefore having the leisure time, and resources to do so. Melasma, however is a lot more complicated than a tan. Melasma, also known as the mask of pregnancy is an uneven complexion often triggered by hormones.
If you have melasma, I don’t need to detail why it is at the top of a priority list of things you want to change. Fall season is the perfect time to correct melasma and hyperpigmentation issues with medical grade aesthetic peels and treatments. I will customize a protocol for your skin type, as melasma is often combined with sensitive skin, aging, acne, dry skin or oily skin. It can be done, I’ve proved it treating my own melasma and am well equipped with the experience, knowledge, training, and some very effective professional skincare therapy products.
Believe me, you will be thrilled when the pigmented skin is lifted, and is peeled away. Of course, after a peel treatment you must allow your skin to naturally exfoliate and peel. You need the right products, with active, fresh ingredients, bottled in the right conditions to control, inhibit, reduce, and stop the pigmentation at every stage of it’s production cycle. Finally, you will see there is an effective and safe way to get this very annoying condition under control. Your complexion can once again be beautiful, bright, even-toned, and glowing.
Contact About Face by Nancy to enhance your personal and unique beauty with effective, long lasting treatments that save you time – all day, every day.