Yes for the first time ever I have actually vocalised this and I had been scared. Previously every time I had thought of saying it out loud I buried my head in the proverbial sand and cringed, but there you have it ……..
I HAVE A PATCHY FACE!
During my second pregnancy I developed what I can only describe as patchy suntan, it developed high on my cheek bones and a patch on my forehead. To start with it was just a slight darkening but of over time it has got darker and during the Summer months when its exposed to sun regardless of how much sun cream I used it gets very noticeable .. although I do try to cover it with some very technically slapped on make up but even then I have been pretty unsuccessful.
I spent the summers feeling like a freak and not really understanding what it was or how I would get it to disappear for good. I panicked and I was terrified, even beginning to stress that it was far more sinister than I had given it credit for, but yet I still refused to ask my GP what it was.
Finally after nearly 2 years I plucked up the courage to ask the GP who in all fairness explained that what I have is in fact 3 large patches of Melasma.
So what is Melasma? according to Wikipedia – “Melasma are dark, irregular well demarcated hyper-pigmented molecules to patches commonly found on the upper cheek, nose, lips, upper lip, and forehead. These patches often develop gradually over time. Melasma does not cause any other symptoms beyond the cosmetic discolouration. Melasma is also common in pre-menopausal women. It is thought to be enhanced by surges in certain hormones”
Can my melasma ever be cured?
As I understand it there is no cure for melasma, however there are several treatment options which may help lighten the pigmentation of the skin depending on the depth of the darkened pigmentation.
How can I treat my melasma?
- Avoid known trigger factors such as, sunshine, the contraceptive pill or even cosmetics/make-up’s.
- Using full sun blocks on the face with UVA and UVB protection
- lightening agents of the skin
- Dermabrasion and laser treatment or even Chemical peels
- Cosmetic camouflages and makeup
I am beginning to dread the Summer months already, even though it was my favourite season …. full shade and covering my face will be the order of the day for me, presuming of course that we will have some sun, if we do I will be the one under the umbrella with a giant sun hat and a white mask of suncream (50+ obviously) …… sulking!
Joy oh joy!
For further information on melasma you can find some helpful links here: