I’ve talked about my issues with melasma a lot over the last year and a half… That’s because it’s an ongoing struggle and constant battle to fight melasma. WHAT IS MELASMA? It’s hyperpigmentation of the skin which is larger and much darker brown patches on the face. You can get melasma from several different things like sun, hormones, etc. I’m pretty sure mine came from sun damage 🙁 A few years ago, I started noticing this dark brown patch on my forehead which was about the size of dime. Nothing was working to fix it so I had to take more action…
If you remember, I did a Fraxel laser treatment a while back at Enlighten Med Spa. I had amazing results from the treatment, but… The melasma came back. Ugh. Since Fraxel is quite intense they put me on a new regimen and switched me to the Clear & Brilliant Permea Laser treatment. Why? Because this laser treatment is much better for people like me with active lifestyles.
If you’re out in the sun a lot or even sweating a lot like when you workout the Permea laser is the best option for you! Both heat and sun will irritate melasma and cause it to come back. Combined with a new skincare routine I think I’ve finally gotten the upper hand on my melasma thanks to Enlighten Med Spa!
BENEFITS OF PERMEA LASER VS. FRAXEL
NO noticeable dark brown spots flaking off the skin
Helps with+ discoloration + fine lines + wrinkles + acne
Can go more frequently + be in sun quicker
Skin not as dry
When the melasma came back after the Fraxel treatment it had spread over my entire forehead! NOT SAYING IT DIDN’T WORK! It totally worked, but because you are treating the entire area it makes your skin more sensitive to sun damage. That’s why sunscreen and hats are so important.
Even though I was wearing sunscreen on a daily basis I wasn’t reapplying it like I should’ve been… Oops. And, I wasn’t being consistent with a good skincare routine. Now that I learned my lesson, I don’t joke around with my skin.
Two of the best products you can use to combat melasma are a skin lightener and this microneedling tool. I’ve listed some of the best below, and find my AM + PM skincare routine here!
Overall, I will for sure be continuing my Permea laser treatments because my face has never looked better!!!