Best skincare ingredients for treating melasma
If you are experiencing melasma, you should start your treatment by avoiding all things that could make your condition worse. You can do this by avoiding excessive sun exposure, tanning beds, LED screens, irritating scented soaps, and hormonal birth control. Be sure to wear an SPF of at least 30 when exposed to the sun and apply every two hours.
There are also specific skincare ingredients that are proven to help with melasma. These include:
Mandelic acid: this ingredient breaks up the hyperpigmentation without creating inflammation. It can have a lightening effect on dark spots.
Niacinamide: this ingredient works to hydrate the skin, fade hyperpigmentation, promote skin elasticity, and fight free radicals. It can also decrease any redness and blotchiness
Retinol A: this ingredient causes skin cells to turn over, which starts the process of removing any pigmented cells that may be there. This gets rid of dark spots as your skin can replace the cells with normal pigment.
SPF: sun exposure is a common trigger for melasma and can cause hyperpigmentation to get darker. Wearing sunscreen can help prevent melasma from appearing in the first place but can also help hyperpigmentation from getting worse.
Vitamin C: vitamin c inhibits one of the most common skincare ingredients to treat pigmentation, tyrosinase. Tyrosinase is an enzyme that helps the body make pigment, it can also lighten the skin.
Anikabeauty offers many products that contain the above ingredients to help treat melasma. The recommended products are the following:
Mandelic Plus- treats acne, wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation. Mandelic Plus has antibacterial properties, regulates sebum production to help prevent the reoccurrence of acne outbreaks, clears pores, exfoliates, and increases cell turnover. It contains mandelic acid which is an ingredient proven to help with melasma. This product can help with hyperpigmentation and melasma by breaking up discoloration caused by sun damage, PIH and hormones. (Allergies: contains almonds)
- Face and Body Repair- treats acne, wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation. Aperfect mix of ingredients that reduce inflammation, exfoliate dead skin, increase cell turnover, strengthen collagen to reduce the appearance of fine lines, and improve skin texture and appearance. This product has 3 different product strengths so individuals can start with mandelic 5%, work up to 8% and then finally 15%.
Ultimate Ferulic Acid C & E Firming Crème- this superfruit antioxidant rich creme contains age defying peptides and skin conditioning agents. Recommended for most skin types, this lightweight moisturizer helps to firm the dermal scaffold, stimulate collagen synthesis, and boost resilience. It firms and tightens skin, improves lines, and wrinkles, and protects from the effects of photo aging and blue light damage. The Essential Dermaceuticals Advanced Skincare brand is made in small batches containing non-GMO ingredients, and aids clinical results.
- Ultimate Ferulic C & E Serum- With the optimal blend of ferulic acid, vitamin C, vitamin E, antioxidants, and more, this fast-absorbing serum quickly alleviates dull or damaged skin. Over time, ultraviolet damage, free radicals, and environmental contributors can accelerate the aging process and lead to discoloration. This serum also protects skin from blue light damage. The Essential Dermaceuticals Advanced Skincare brand is made in small batches containing non-GMO ingredients, and aids clinical results.
- Skin Renewal PM Advanced Resurfacing Serum- Formulated with a blend of (1.25%) Cylasphere Encapsulated Retinol, (10%) Lactic Acid and (5%) Glycolic Acid, along with Sea Algae, this serum addresses skin texture, clarity, and hydration. The retinol encourages cellular turnover and skin renewal, diminishes the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and brown spots, while also addressing acneic/oily skin.
- Suntegrity SPF- vegan, organic and contains natural ingredients. It's non-greasy and contains 20% non-nano, uncoated zinc-oxide for therapeutic broad-spectrum protection against the sun’s harmful UVA and UVB rays. This sunscreen formula is easy to apply, loaded with antioxidants for healthy protection all year round, and has a light uplifting citrus scent.
With the right precautions, melasma can be avoided, but lucky for anyone who experiences it, it can also be treated. If you are someone who suffers from melasma, try incorporating some of these key ingredients and products into your daily skincare routine.
For any and all skincare concerns contact Teresa Paquin at Anikabeauty to set up a consultation!