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What Causes Melasma to Flare Up On the Face?


When it comes to skin complaints, melasma is one of the most common. Fortunately, there are a number of treatment options available to help fade dark spots, melasma, and other forms of hyperpigmentation, and there are even things people can do to minimize future melasma flare-ups. At Beautiful Skin Denver, our expert team of estheticians helps men and women in the Denver, CO area get the bright, glowing, even skin tone they desire with cutting-edge melasma treatments, like ClearLift™ technology. So, what may be triggering your melasma, and how can you clear it up? Keep reading to find out. 


What is melasma?  

Melasma is a form of hyperpigmentation that often appears on the face and is characterized by an uneven complexion and patchy or splotchy areas of darkness. In many cases, melasma is noticeable around the eyes, on the forehead or cheeks, or on the upper lip. 


What causes melasma?  

Technically speaking, melasma occurs when pigment-producing cells (melanocytes) become enlarged and begin to produce excess pigment. This process is typically triggered by one or more of the following: 


  • UV radiation (sunlight, etc.) 
  • Hormonal changes, including those that occur during pregnancy 
  • Heat 


Will melasma go away on its own?  

In some cases, melasma can come and go on its own. For example, increased sun exposure may trigger melasma flare-ups each summer that fade away in the fall and winter months. Additionally, many women find that melasma appearing during pregnancy resolves on its own once the hormones have been rebalanced. For men and women who are frustrated by their stubborn or recurrent melasma, however, professional in-office treatments can help. 


How can melasma be treated?  

At Beautiful Skin Denver, we are proud to use the Alma ClearLift system to treat hyperpigmentation and other skin conditions. During treatment, the pigment-causing melanin beneath the skin’s surface is destroyed without damaging the skin itself, meaning stunning results and virtually no downtime. However, it is critical that individuals avoid direct sun exposure after treatment, as the skin will be more sensitive than usual for about a week. 


How many treatments for melasma will I need?  

Most clients will notice a visible improvement in their melasma after the first treatments, though a series of ongoing sessions can provide the most compelling and longest-lasting results. During your initial consultation for melasma treatment in Denver, our knowledgeable team will thoroughly assess your skin and determine the most appropriate treatment schedule for you. 


Even with treatment, people should continue to avoid the triggers of melasma – like excess heat and UV sun exposure – to prevent or minimize future flare-ups and preserve their results for as long as possible. 


Fade away dark spots and put your best face forward with melasma treatment in Denver, CO  

If you are tired of trying to conceal dark splotches with makeup and want to even out your skin tone, we can help. For more information on the remarkable results that are possible with treatment for melasma and hyperpigmentation, call Beautiful Skin Denver to schedule your consultation with our aesthetic team today. 



* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.