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Melasma and How To Treat It

Concerned about discoloured blotches appearing on your skin? You might be experiencing melasma – an annoying but harmless skin condition.

What is melasma?

Melasma is characterised by brown or blue-grey patches appearing on your skin. It’s a harmless condition, but one that can damage our self-confidence. This is especially the case because it commonly affects the face, including the upper lip – although it can occur anywhere on the body.

It’s not at all an indication that you are practising poor skin care – melasma can just be one of those pesky things that happen.

Maybe you searched the internet for ‘skin treatment for blotches’ to get to this page, or perhaps you have already heard the term melasma.

Either way, we know that many people want to seek out melasma treatment – and our expert team is here to help.

Why does melasma occur?

Melasma can appear randomly throughout one’s life, though certain factors make it more likely.

Some good skin advice, in general, is to wear SPF year-round, as this can prevent melasma from appearing. Fair-skinned people are more likely to experience melasma, and many people find that it improves during winter and worsens during the summer months. However, sun exposure isn’t the only reason you might have melasma.

Melasma is often called the mask of pregnancy – it’s estimated that between 15 to 50% of pregnant women experience it. It can be linked to hormones, and those who are taking oral contraceptives or additional hormones can be at increased risk of developing it.

In fact, just being a woman increases your chances: around 90% of melasma cases are in women. Both men and women can experience melasma though, and there’s a genetic element at play too. There’s no shame in it – or in seeking treatment – but rest assured that it’s a harmless condition.

If you’re not sure whether you have melasma or something more serious, it’s best to check in with a GP or dermatologist.

What are the treatment options for melasma?

Knowing how to treat melasma can be confusing – and the condition itself can be really hard on your self-confidence.

Luckily, there are ways to address the issue, and our expert team knows exactly how to treat melasma.

Melasma treatment should occur during the winter months, as sun exposure can worsen the condition and many treatments can affect the skin’s sensitivity to sunlight.

We offer different types of treatment for melasma: chemical peels, which gently remove the dead skin cells on the top layer of your skin, and Mesoestetics treatments. These can be applied in the clinic or used at home for ongoing treatment options. It might be that your skin needs a combination of both to achieve the best results.

If you want to know more about treating melasma, why not book yourself in for a free melasma consultation with one of our team members? We’ll be able to assess your skin and suggest the appropriate treatment method. If that involves home care, we will create a bespoke skincare plan for you to follow that’s designed to optimise your results.

Our experienced team are passionate about skin health and always have your best interests at heart, so won’t recommend any treatments if they don’t think they’ll work.

Introducing the Lynton Lasers Focus RF Machine

At Vale Laser, we want to offer the best service we possibly can. That’s why our team is highly skilled and trained in all our procedures, and why we’re happy to offer free consultations to find the right treatment for you – both online and in the clinic.

Part of our dedication to quality treatments means working with the best equipment – which is why we’re so excited to announce that we’ve invested in a Lynton Lasers Focus RF.

What is a Lynton Lasers Focus RF?

Lynton Lasers are the UK’s number one Laser and IPL manufacturer and are trusted in the cosmetics industry to produce high-quality equipment. The machine we’ve opted for – the Focus Dual – is so named because it specialises in two of the most up-to-date technologies in the industry: RF Microneedling and HIFU.

RF Microneedling uses Radio Frequency waves for a myriad of benefits. It can help to tighten the appearance of skin, reduce fine lines, target acne scarring and stretch marks, and leave skin looking more radiant.

HIFU uses a different technology – High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound – and has been called a non-invasive alternative to a facelift. It targets the same layer of skin that a surgeon would work on, and leaves you with smoother, lifted skin.

Together, these technologies mean that the Focus Dual can target every layer of the skin. They can be used separately or in tandem, and the adjustable settings mean that our team can create a truly tailored treatment for your skin – and achieve just the results you’re looking for.

The procedures are non-invasive and come with minimum discomfort. The Focus Dual uses Safety Assist Transducers (SAT) to reduce the inflammation and redness that can typically occur after similar treatments, and ultra-fine microneedles to reduce skin irritation.

What treatments can the Lynton Laser Focus RF be used for?

Because it’s so adaptable, the Focus Dual can be used for many treatments, from jawline sculpting and double chin reduction to non-surgical facelifts and acne scar treatments.

There are some features that set it apart from the crowd, which is why we chose it for our clinic.

The HIFU settings can be used to target fat cells without harming the surrounding tissue, meaning it can be used for body contouring. The adipose tissue is broken down and flushed from your body in a natural detoxification process, whilst skin becomes firmer.

We’re also excited about using it to reduce eye bags and lift eyebrows: the unique vacuum technology means that the microneedles are particularly safe for delicate body parts like the eye area.

Just in need of a little pick-me-up? The Focus Dual’s skin firming abilities will have you walking out of the clinic glowing.

Sounds good! How do I book?

We’re so glad that you’re as excited about the Focus Dual’s features as we are!

If you’re not sure what you need, why not book a free consultation with one of our team members? Whether you’re after a little skin tightening or a more targeted treatment, our expert team is on hand to help you get the results you want.

Already know what you’re after? Head to our site to book yourself in. We look forward to seeing you!

How to Care For Stressed-out Skin

It’s fair to say that over the past year and a half, we’ve all experienced our fair share of stress. Being unable to see loved ones, social distancing in supermarkets, worry over the future – there has certainly been a lot on our minds.

Whatever your skin type, that stress can often show up in our skin – especially when it’s exacerbated by mask-wearing.

From the dreaded ‘maskne’ to creeping fine lines, here’s our best beauty advice on how to care for skin that’s more than a little stressed out.

Acne & ‘Maskne’

Increased stress levels lead to a boost in the stress hormone – cortisol. This can lead to increased oil production – a nightmare for those who already have greasier skin.

All kinds of skin types can suffer from acne. Couple excess oil with a mask, and you have a recipe for clogged pores and acne – hence the newly-coined ‘maskne’ epidemic.

Even those who don’t normally suffer from spots have found themselves breaking out around the jawline and lower cheeks where masks have been against their skin.

One of the best ways to combat ‘maskne’ is to ensure that your mask is clean every time you use it. You might also opt for a silk mask, as it’s a more breathable material.

If you don’t already use one, adding a mild cleanser to your evening routine can help to keep pores free from oil. A gentle moisturiser that helps to repair the skin barrier is also a must – we love Environ’s Skin EssentiA range.

And whatever you do, don’t pick! Picking at spots can spread the acne bacteria, as well as leading to scarring.

If you’ve found that your acne has become quite serious and doesn’t seem to be responding to a gentle skincare routine, you could try a skin peel.

Our acne treatments target the acne bacteria and exfoliate the clogged pores without harming the surrounding skin.

You’ll generally see results around three times faster than you would with prescription antibiotics or topical treatments.

Target fine lines

More worried about some newly-appeared fine lines than acne? Stress can cause changes to the proteins in your skin, reducing its elasticity.

As we age, our collagen supplies deplete naturally – but stress can accelerate this process leading to prematurely aged skin.

If you want to target these fine lines, our HIFU treatment – High Intensity Focused Ultrasound – can stimulate the deep layers of the skin to produce a tauter appearance. It simultaneously boosts collagen production, leaving your skin bouncier and plumper.

Microneedling is considered the gold standard for stimulating collagen production. Tiny needles penetrate the skin causing the body to produce more collagen and elastin, which heal your skin and have anti-aging benefits. Radio frequency microneedling uses a gold plated needle device to gently penetrate the skin and works well on uneven skin, whether caused by acne, scarring or wrinkles.

Stress-free skin for everyone

Whatever your skin type or complaint, there are a few skin tips that help to combat the signs of stress for everyone.

The first? Stay hydrated. It’s not a quick-fix – but then the best beauty advice never is. Healthy skin comes from consistent care – and that includes both a good skincare routine and drinking enough water.

Water helps our immune system to function, and staying hydrated prevents your skin from drying out and cracking, which can lead to infections (including acne).

Though not quite as crucial, an at-home facial has plenty of benefits. You can opt for a DIY face mask such as our popular Anti-Pollution Masque. Choosing something that will target your specific skin concerns is a bonus – but honestly, the greatest benefit of an at-home facial is the soothing stress relief it brings.

Similarly, any activity that decreases your stress level – whether it’s getting out into the fresh air or nailing a spin class – can help to combat skin stress. Remember your SPF – this is the first rule of Anti aging protection!

Lower cortisol? Fewer problems.

There’s one final all-rounder that’ll do wonders for your skin health (and your overall health): getting enough sleep. Your skin produces collagen when you sleep, and those who sleep 7-9 hours per night typically had more moisturised skin that was less prone to damage.

Guide to Laser Tattoo Removal Aftercare

Remember when you first got your tattoo and were told to look after the area in a certain way? Well, getting laser tattoo removal affects the skin in a similar way – so you need to adhere to a proper aftercare routine after each session.

This will ensure your skin heals properly – and can actually speed up the removal process.

How does laser tattoo removal work?

Laser tattoo removal works by pulsing light energy into your skin which is then absorbed by the tattoo ink. As the ink particles heat up, they shatter and disperse – leaving your tattoo looking a little paler after each treatment.

Because it focuses on light therapy, laser tattoo removal can make your skin very sensitive to sunlight. Remember to wear an SPF treatment – preferably 30+ – any time you’re outdoors and the area is exposed. Limit sun exposure as much as possible for about a month both before and after treatment and we’re unable to treat sun exposed skin.

Skincare immediately post-treatment

So you’ve had your first laser tattoo removal session and your skin is feeling a little sore. Top tip? Keep it covered with a sterilized gauze bandage. Your therapist may put the first one of these on, alongside some aloe vera gel to ensure the area stays infection-free.

For around three days, keep the area bandaged – even if it means reapplying some ointment and gauze yourself.

After that, you can remove the bandage if you’d prefer – but try to keep the area clean and dry and avoid it rubbing against any tight clothing.

Occlusive moisturisers – ones that form a barrier layer over your skin – like Vaseline and Aquaphor can help to soothe the area at this stage. However, we’d recommend using aloe vera to soothe and hydrate the skin.

Vitamin E ointment can also be useful, as it can encourage cell rejuvenation and speed skin healing.

You might experience some scabbing or blistering, which can be irritating. However, don’t pick at the skin – we’re trying to maintain healthy skin, and picking at scabs and blisters just opens the skin up to bacterial entry.

Can you shower after laser tattoo removal?

Showering isn’t advised for the first few days after laser tattoo removal. Once you’ve removed your bandage after three days, you can shower.

Even then, try not to use high-pressure water or water that’s too hot, as your skin is likely to still be sensitive.

Do try to avoid soaking the skin in any way – including baths, hot tubs, and pools – for around two weeks, or until the area is fully healed.

Holistic aftercare

Now you know how to look after your skin using topical measures, and what not to do. But there are plenty of ways in which we can support our immune systems and aid the recovery process to maintain healthy skin.

Staying hydrated is a great way to help your body to heal – water helps to carry oxygen to your body’s cells through your bloodstream. It also helps to flush toxins out of your body, so could help you avoid an infection.

Taking probiotics or a multivitamin can give your immune system a boost, letting your laser site heal more quickly and with fewer chances of infection.

Exercising – once the area is healed – can boost your blood flow and speed up the tattoo removal process.

Of course, there are things we do that can cause our immune systems to falter as well.

Avoid things that cause dehydration – including alcohol and caffeine. Alcohol is particularly detrimental to your immune system and can prevent it from functioning at its best.

Smoking is another activity that’s best avoided if possible. Because smoking is known to inhibit wound healing, it can actually elongate the laser tattoo removal process – meaning you might have to have a few more sessions.