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Porcelana is an Effective Way to Treat Melasma

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Did you know? Porcelana is an effective way to treat melasma. In fact, it is one of the most effective options your dermatologist may recommend, depending on the specifics of your situation. First, let’s start off with the basics:

What is melasma?

Melasma is a fairly common skin disorder believed to be caused by a number of factors that generally include excessive sun exposure and hormonal irregularities. The condition typically affects the face - forehead, nose, cheeks etc., but can also appear on the arms and other areas that are exposed to too much sun. A lot of people don’t appreciate the way it looks, but outside the poor aesthetics, you shouldn’t expect any negative symptoms from melasma. It doesn’t feel good, bad, or otherwise.

What causes it?

The sun is an obvious cause, as you probably can imagine. But did you know that melasma can also affect pregnant women? It actually has a related street name…“pregnancy mask.” As if you didn’t have enough change to juggle with a baby on the way!

Next question: who gets melasma?

Women are affected by melasma more frequently than men. Considering the fact that men don’t typically get pregnant, this makes sense. Then again, there was that one guy. So why do pregnant women (or those who take birth control pills) get melasma? The literature we have read (and common sense) both point to hormonal changes in the body.

How can I treat it?

One of the most common ways to treat melasma is with hydroquinone - we’ve got a pretty informative blog about this topic so you can learn more here. Both Porcelana Day and Night creams contain 2% hydroquinone - making them effective and yet also available without a prescription (required at the 4% level). The day cream actually includes a sunscreen as well so you’re protected from further damage. Most of the success stories we’ve heard take between one and two months. Be patient and be sure to follow the directions on the bottle and the advice of your dermatologist. If by chance Porcelana doesn’t work (melasma can be a little stubborn), consult with your dermatologist. Medicines like tretinoin, corticosteroids, or a procedure such as a chemical peel are available options.