Five steps for managing melasma
Don’t let melasma ruin your summer. Follow these simple steps to limit the appearance of brown patches on your face.
1) Wear sunscreen and a wide-brimmed hat every day. Because sunlight triggers melasma, dermatologists recommend wearing sunscreen daily, year-round. This is important because some of the sun’s UV rays can touch the skin even through clouds and windows.
2) Be sure to use sunscreen that offers these 3 things:
- Broad-spectrum protection (protects against UVA and UVB rays).
- A sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or more.
- Zinc oxide or titanium oxide to physically block the sun’s rays.
- 3) Apply sunscreen every day. Be sure to apply it 20 minutes before you go outside.
4) Use your medicine exactly as directed by your dermatologist to prevent skin irritation or other side effects. This is very important.
5) Cover up the patches. You may want to cover up your dark patches with makeup. Choose products that have white and yellow undertones.