People that suffer from melasma and dark spots on the skin will try just about anything for a more even complexion. When you look in the mirror the outer appearance of your skin is so important. Most of you will look for topical solutions which are a good start but what most forget is that diet and lifestyle play a major role in the outward appearance of the skin. Hormones are one key factor to melasma, but other factors are also at play. When you start having skin issues usually something is off balance in your system. Your body is telling you something is wrong. Good skin really does start from within. What you eat and how you treat your body shows up in the skin. Topical treatments alone may not be enough so it is important to look at other areas in your life including diet and lifestyle. Poor eating habits, lack of daily water in-take, stress, alcohol, and lack of sleep, will create a hormonal imbalance in your system. This imbalance can lead to inflammation and can cause your skin to produce more skin discoloration. So if you truly want a better complexion you need to start looking at the whole picture.
No magic bullet exists for melasma, but options are available to help with discoloration. Topical treatments such as chemical peels, Hydroquinone (2% or 4% by prescription), tretinoin, and azelaic acid have shown results in evening out skin tone. Most people will see a reoccurrence so keeping up a treatment regimen is key. Topical treatments alone may not be enough so it is important to look at other areas in your life including diet and lifestyle. You should not self treat. Self treating with over the counter products can actually make the skin worse. Seek professional guidance from a skin care professional who can determine what treatment course is right for you. Remember the best defense is daily use of a physical sunscreen of 30 SPF.
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