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Treating Melasma: 3 Tips and Tricks for Clearer Skin

Treating Melasma: 3 Tips and Tricks for Clearer Skin

Melasma is a common skin condition characterized by dark, discolored patches on the face. It can be challenging to manage, especially during the summer when sun exposure is at its peak. In this blog, we’ll explore effective treatments for melasma, including Cyspera, and the importance of a good sunscreen. If you struggle with melasma, Saxon MD is here to help. 

A close up of melasma on a woman's face.
Our very own Weslea after spending a day in the sun on vacation.

Understanding Melasma

Melasma is caused by an overproduction of melanin, the pigment responsible for skin color. Sun exposure, hormonal changes, and genetics can trigger or worsen melasma. While it is more common in women, particularly during pregnancy or while taking birth control pills, anyone can develop this condition.

Cyspera: A Breakthrough Treatment

Please take a moment to watch our COO Weslea discuss her battle with melasma and how she uses Cyspera to make it fade over time. Cyspera is a non-hydroquinone cream that has shown promising results in treating hyperpigmentation. Its active ingredient, cysteamine, reduces melanin production, lightening dark spots and evening out skin tone.

Using Cyspera is simple:

  1. Apply: Apply a thin layer in the morning before washing your face.
  2. Wait: Leave it on for 15 minutes.
  3. Wash: Rinse off with a gentle cleanser and water.

Consistency is key when using Cyspera. With regular use, you can expect to see improvements in your skin’s appearance within a few weeks to months.

A tube of cyspera
Cyspera can be purchased at Saxon MD

Sunscreen: Your Best Defense

Protecting your skin from the sun is crucial when dealing with melasma. UV rays can worsen hyperpigmentation, making it essential to use high-quality sunscreen daily. At Saxon MD, we love Skinbetter Science Tone Smart, which provides broad-spectrum protection and evens skin tone.

Why we love Skinbetter Science Tone Smart:

a container of Skinbetter Science Tone Smart Sunscreen

  • Broad-Spectrum Protection: Shields against both UVA and UVB rays.
  • Tone Correcting: Contains pigments that adapt to your skin tone, providing a natural, flawless finish.
  • Lightweight: Feels comfortable under makeup and doesn’t leave a white cast.

Conceal and Correct with Tarte’s Shape Tape

A melasma flare-up can be embarrassing. A good concealer can minimize the appearance and be your best friend while you work to get it under control. Tarte’s Shape Tape concealer is a favorite for its full coverage and long-lasting formula. Here’s how to use it for the best results:

  1. Prep: Start with a clean, moisturized face.
  2. Apply: Dot the concealer onto the dark spots and blend using a damp makeup sponge or a brush. 
  3. Set: Use a setting powder or spray to keep the concealer in place all day.

tarte shape tape

Shape Tape’s creamy texture provides excellent coverage without caking, making it perfect for hiding melasma.

Additional Tips for Managing Melasma

  • Avoid Peak Sun Hours: Stay out of the sun between 10 AM and 4 PM when UV rays are strongest. Most weather apps have the UV index, so be aware of peak hours and stay covered.
  • Wear Protective Clothing: Hats and sunglasses protect your face from sun exposure.

Conclusion

Melasma can be a persistent and frustrating condition, but with the right treatments and precautions, you can manage and minimize its appearance. Are you ready to take the next step in your skincare journey? Dr. Sarah Saxon and the team at Saxon MD are here to help you on that journey. We have both Cyspera and Skinbetter Science in the office. And we offer personalized treatment plans to address your unique skin concerns. 

You can schedule a consultation with Dr. Saxon at saxonmd.com or by calling us at 512-537-4191 to start your skincare journey.

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