Our expert says:
Hi Mumsy, thank you for the question.
Pigmentation that develops as a result or associated with hormonal changes (contraceptive pill, pregnancy, etc.) is known as Melasma.
This form of pigmentation is difficult to treat however there are a number of options. Your best option would be to consult a cosmetic dermatologist or an aesthetic medical practitioner with an interest in pigmentation so that the skin can be examined and the appropriate treatment regime prescribed.
As a general guideline the following should be adhered to:
Sun avoidance (hat) and daily SPF 30 (that contains zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide) or higher applied several times daily.
Topical products such as NeoStrata Pigment Lightening Gel and Brightening Cream SPF 15 should be used daily.
The above approach may be coupled with glycolic acid peels and technology (Fraxel, Ultrapulse, Syneron eMax). More information on Melasma can be found on my web page at: www.aestheticfacialenhancement.co.za
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