Melasma, also known as hormonal pigmentation, is a considerable problem for South African women and sometimes men. It is a chronic (long term) skin condition that occurs on the face in the form of brown patches and is a dynamic (active) condition that needs lifelong management.
There are many possible causes of pigmentation disorders, which are marked by changes in melanin, the pigment in skin. These may include progesterone (the Mirena), photosensitizing medications, thyroid dysfunction, stress and dysbiosis (an imbalance in your gut flora caused by too few beneficial bacteria and an overgrowth of bad bacteria, yeast, and/or parasites).
There’s overwhelming evidence that certain medical conditions are key players in your overall health and are the root cause of pigmentation problems. Failure to address these conditions will lead to failure of your Hormonal Pigment treatment plan and also lead to chronic disease.
Melasma is more prevalent in darker-complexioned individuals though persons of any race can be affected due to the intense sun exposure in South Africa. This condition is seen most frequently in young women from the age of 28 years but can also be seen in men.