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Tackling Melasma


In May, I started taking a Detroit Ballroom class.  I met a lovely lady, Ms. Joye who noticed we both wore size 10 shoes.  She had some extra heels she thought I’d like and would be helpful with me getting my footing in class.  She graciously gifted me the shoes and thus, a friendship formed.

Ms. Joye always seemed to have clear, even-toned skin, however, one day we met and she was wearing no makeup.  She pointed out her melasma and asked me if I might know of any products to help her skin issue.  The first products I thought of were Skin Script RX.

I learned about Skin Script when I attended a skin care tradeshow right after my esthetics training.  I fell in love with their products.  Their line is all natural, but gives clinical results and focuses on treating hyperpigmentation, melasma, rosacea, sun damage and acne.

Their site states:  “Antioxidants, exfoliants, and natural brighteners are the base of this skin care line to achieve remarkable results.”

The first product I tried was their Glycolic Cleanser, which I call a “facial in a bottle.”  This cleanser is amazing and leaves skin feeling as though it’s actually received a treatment; my skin feels lighter, more fresh and clear after just one use.

So, first off: What is Melasma?

Melasma is a skin condition that is “triggered by hormones; causes darker pigmentation in areas such as on the upper lip and around the eyes and cheeks” (Milady Standard Esthetics, 2010).  Also, melasma is often called the “pregnancy mask” as many pregnant women develop this condition due to hormonal changes occurring in their bodies with pregnancy.

Ms. Joye told me that she had been dealing with melasma for about 15 years, starting at the onset of her menopause and continuing until today.

I knew that a series of facial treatments, including a TCA Depigmentation Peel, would work to clear up her melasma.  This series of facials would last approximately eight weeks, meaning, she would come in, ideally, each week for eight weeks to get a facial concentrating on removing her melasma.

Exactly one week ago today, Ms. Joye met me at the spa for her first facial treatment in quite awhile.

Because it had been over a year since Ms. Joye had had a facial, for her first treatment, I only gave  her a facial that consisted of an enzyme treatment, the Raspberry Peach Enzyme by Skin Script.  It’s best to start with something mild and each week, gradually keep progressing to treatments that are stronger for treating the skin.  Eventually, the last three weeks of her facial series, I will be performing a 10% TCA Depigmentation Peel on her skin that should remove layers of the melasma, which are very deep in her dermal layer.

In order to treat her skin at home, in between the facial treatments and also to prepare her skin for the more aggressive TCA peels, I am having her use Glycolic/Retinol Pads that will gently, yet effectively start helping to break up the darker hyperpigmented melasma areas.

Over the coming weeks, I will be posting photos of Ms. Joye’s skin, before and after her facial treatments, in order to track her progress (the current photo, in this post, is not of Ms. Joye).

If you’re interested in learning more about how to treat melasma and hyperpigmentation, in general, or would like to inquire about facials in the LA-area, feel free to email me at chat@skingab.com




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