The fluctuation of hormone levels can affect melanin production in the skin. The key hormones that can affect your skin are testosterone, estrogen, androgens, triiodothyronine, and thyroxine. Birth control, stress, menopause, pregnancy, and some medications cause fluctuations in estrogen and progesterone specifically, two hormones known to spike melanin production when they’re found at higher levels. This can cause melasma, a form of hyperpigmentation characterized by brown spots on the face, hands, and pretty much anywhere else on the body. The American Academy of Dermatology reports that more than five million Americans have melasma. It is most commonly known to affect those with Fitzpatrick skin types 3-6. The best bet is to try natural alternatives to even out hormone levels when possible and use natural creams and serums that reduce the appearance of brown spots.
However, Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatments are your best bet for fading the brown spot. These treatments, often called “photofacials,” meaning facial treatments using light, deliver bursts of light to multiple layers of the skin to target and zap the pockets of melanin that create those spots and blotches.
Just remember, if your skin is naturally high in melanin then IPL treatments can have the opposite effect: talk to a skin specialist to get more info so you can make the right choice for your skin health.
To learn more about photofacial treatments or to book a consultation today, call Amarillo Laser & Vein Clinic in Amarillo for a complimentary consultation and FREE Digital skin analysis.