Have you ever wondered which hormone causes pigmentation? The underlying hormone responsible for triggering the melanocytes is melanocyte stimulating hormone (MSH). This hormone increases the production of melanin, which is responsible for darkening your skin.
What is melasma?
Melasma is a form of hyperpigmentation that’s triggered by UV light and hormonal changes ( most commonly pregnancy). It mainly affects women. And melasma has a very characteristic appearance. For example it presents in blotchy pigmented patches on the forehand, cheeks, chin or above the top lip.
Which hormone causes pigmentation?
Melasma is thought to occur when the female sex hormones oestrogen and progesterone stimulate the overproduction of melanin while your skin is exposed to the sun. Because of this many patients confuse melasma with sun damage.
Treatments for melasma
Melasma is triggered by hormonal changes. As a result it’s more difficult to treat. And while you’re trying to treat it and prevent it from getting worse you also have to consider the internal triggering factors. And address these separately. While some patients see great results from their treatment, for others it’s the matter of preventing their discolouration from getting worse.
What works for one patient doesn’t necessarily work for another. For this reason there is no set number of treatments to treat melasma. Our experience of treating melasma patients reflects that a combination of sunscreen, brightening ingredients, and chemical peels work well.
Are you still wondering if you have sun damage or melasma?
To learn more about your skin and the type of pigmentation you may have, why not visit us at our Oxford Street clinic, in Central London? My Expert team will start with a thorough assessment of your skin.
How to book an appointment?
As the first step of your skin journey at Skin Perfection, we’d invite you to attend a no obligations consultation. This will give you the opportunity to get a good understanding of your skin.
Following your assessment your practitioner will recommend you a personalised treatment plan to address your skin concerns. During your first meeting you’ll receive all the information and knowledge you’ll need to keep your skin healthy.
Contact our team today to book an appointment.