Melasma which is also know as chloasma can be very difficult to lighten. It is a dark discoloration on the face and can be unsightly due to its blotchy appearance. It may appear easy to lighten but it can be difficult because though the discoloration appears on the surface of the skin it can start many layers below the skin. It is something that many suffer with due to hormones, sun damage, etc. It can be lightened using quality products and a good, consistent regimen.
How to Lighten Melasma (Chloasma)
Being consistent is a very important part of lightening hyperpigmentation such as melasma and any other kind of discoloration of the skin. If you're not practicing your regimen consistently you will not get the results that you're looking for.
The first part of your regimen should be cleansing. Starting with clean skin is the first part of any good skincare regimen so, washing in the day and night with a gentle facial cleanser that is geared towards brightening the skin is essential to lightening melasma.
Second, use a toner to remove any excess debris from the skin and the face and to have the best results and cleanest skin possible. This step also helps those who are acne prone. If you are prone to breakouts and acne using a gentle oil free toner that also brightens is one of the best things that you can do for your skin to help stop breakouts.
Once you've cleansed and applied a good toner with a cotton ball using upward strokes, the next step is to apply a skin lightening or brightening cream. For melasma, a strong bleaching treatment applied to the entire face is the best way to go and the best way to get results in the fastest time possible. Use it twice daily in the morning and evening after washing and using the toner.
Once you've applied the the skin lightening cream (strong bleaching treatment) apply a brightening physical sunscreen (tinted is best). A physical sunblock uses less chemicals and protects your skin a lot better from tanning. Although, you apply sunblock daily it is important to avoid direct sunlight for long periods of time (10-15 minutes).
If you follow these guidelines for removing melasma or chloasma, treatment generally takes 2-6 months. If you have questions, you can live chat with a knowledgeable skin care expert at any time on the website.
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