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This article is the first of THREE in which I will begin to teach you how to create a melasma cure from the inside out. Before we start though, let me tell you – this information is different from what many people will ever tell you. How’s that? I know what it feels like to wake in the morning wanting to know just what happened to my skin, then rushing out to find a clinic to help me out. That was a long time ago – I was a naive teenager that was more concerned about my looks than my health.

Now, although I realize that you might not want to hear it, I have to tell you that the best way to cure melasma is to treat the cause! The majority of the time, skin discoloration is caused by a variety of factors. Only a dermatologist can determine which of these factors are the likely causes of your skin discoloration. All of our skin pigments have a protective pigment in them to shield the rest of our body from UV rays, but to protect masks located on the facial area, these pigments must be reduced in number.

Melasma happens because these protective pigments either stop working or become damaged and disappear from our facial skin. In some people, damage to the melanocytes leads to hyperpigmentation or white patches that are darker than the rest of the skin, and this is known as lentigos. Whether you have completed at least three years of school and your skin shows no new age spots as a result of your study, or you just had your first fight with your melasma (as it were), this is your body telling you that it has had enough of the sun and that the last thing it needs is more sun.

Your best defense for this is prevention, but if that is not possible, here are some things you can do. Do not use products that have high SPF numbers – use UVA protection. Women who are pregnant, cannot use products with high SPF numbers because they are most likely to have birth defects and abnormally large breasts. If you are a white male, you should avoid excessive or rapid weight loss as this can weaken your skin, causing the hyperpigmentation to reappear. Get tested early – do not wait until you have stretch marks! Stop smoking now to avoid damage to the tissues in your skin.

Even with all this information and though he was not sure his patients had stretch marks, Dr.ines said that they most likely would have been drawn to it because of theizery. “If they have a family history of stretch marks, they will know,” he said. As such, prevention is the key. He also told the patients that, even though their moles may be in a category that people would call ugly, they, nonetheless, need to be looked at because they are pretty. “Some people would label these as ugly but, to us, they are just spots that are different,” he said. “We have to give them a pass.”

Great! Now, what should you do if your body develops these ugly, discolored growths? Dr.ines said that, if it grows really quickly, it might be best to see a plastic surgeon. Since altitudes on the beach tend to be higher than where you are now, that could be a consideration. But, he said that usually, people’s moles “do not Methodically grow.”

As such, he said that it might be best to wait about a year and see if your growths “fold” with time. Interestingly, he added that it might be best to, ” wait until you are a little older before you start removing them. Compared to young kids, these things don’t take so long now.” I suggested that he asked the kids about their thoughts on their moles and how long they had had them. This should provide a good baseline for discussion.

The kids referred to their moles as “monsters” and Dr.ines said that, in his experience, only one out of ten patients ever discussed the removal of that particular mole. He then asked; “Is it a benign thing, like a birthmark?” Many mentioned that it was not. “It doesn’t really matter,” a patient stated flatly. “It is what it is. I can live with it.”

Another patient whom I treated stated that her experience with her moles was very painful. She related how she had these horrible spots appear on her backhand at the age of seven and how she had been itching on and off and even tried to cut off one of them when she was in her teens. She now has a prosthetic limb. She prefers not to go to the doctor and instead various self-administered medications that included topical salicylic acid and freezing it off. She said it was too painful and would hurt like crazy.