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Clear Up Uneven Skin Tone with Melasma Treatment at
Clear Complexions

Struggling with brown spots, or dark patches on your face, especially on your cheeks, forehead, or upper lip? You might be dealing with melasma, a common skin condition that causes brown or gray patches to form.

How to Prevent Melasma from Darkening?

Melasma is often nicknamed "the pregnancy mask" because it's triggered by hormonal changes. UV sun rays stimulate pigment production, making melasma patches darker and more noticeable. If you have melasma, daily application of sun protection with SPF 30 or higher is crucial to manage your condition. Melasma can be frustrating, but you're not alone! It often affects those with darker skin tones, commonly triggered by hormones, worsened by sun exposure, heat and inflammation. 

Brown, Patchy Skin and Uneven Skin Tone

When you look into the mirror, do you see brown or brownish-gray patches on your cheeks, nose, or forehead? This could be melasma, a common skin condition that is far more common in women than in men. In fact, about 90% of people with this condition are women. 

What is Melasma?

Melasma is a skin issue that causes brown or grayish patches to appear on your face. These brown patches are typically symmetrical, with similar dark spots on both sides of the face. Pigmentation caused by melasma can show up on your cheeks, forehead, nose or upper lip. It is more common in people with darker skin tones and can be triggered by hormones, pregnancy, certain medications as well as genetics.  

What causes Melasma?

Clinical studies have shown there is a significant correlation between iron deficiency and melasma. Very common women with Melasma have low ferritin levels, iron, folate, vitamin B12 and Vitamin C. Melasma is often found in people with poor gut health or an abnormal or slugglish liver function. Maintaining a healthy diet, good nutrition, adequate sleep, regular excercise, try to reduce stress along with daily vitamins and supplements all contribute to help balance hormones. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle promotes healthy liver function to absorb these nutrients and regulate hormones. Fuel your body with healthy choices and you will be rewarded with bright healthy glowing skin!

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Tired of Melasma? We are here to help

Brighter, More Even Skin Tone: Chemical Peels consisting of glycolic, kojac, purvic and mandelic acids, a combination of lightening properties are applied to the skin, targeted to fade stubborn dark patches, leaving you with a smoother, more balanced complexion. 

 

Boosted Confidence: With melasma under control, you can embrace your natural beauty and radiate confidence from within.

 

Long-Term Management: By addressing the root cause of melasma, professional treatment can help control melasma and suppress the production of melanin. That means less hiding in the shade and more enjoying the sunshine with the use of proper sun protection.

 

Personalized Approach: There's no one-size-fits-all solution for melasma. A dermatologist, naturopath and medical aesthetician can create a personalized treatment plan to target your specific needs.

 

Melasma can be discouraging. If you're tired of battling melasma, don't suffer in silence! Clear Complexions can help you achieve clearer, more even-toned skin. Book a consultation today and take the first step towards a more confident you!

When to consider Melasma Treatments

Melasma can be like an uninvited guest on your face. Those stubborn patches might not cause physical harm, but they can leave you feeling self-conscious. So, how do you know when it's time to consider treatment? Here are some signs to watch for:

The Patches Become Your New Normal: Melasma can come and go, but if those dark patches seem to have set up permanent residence, it might be time to address them.

Makeup Feels Like Camouflage: Do you find yourself layering on concealer just to cover the melasma? Treatment can help you achieve a more even skin tone, reducing reliance on heavy makeup.

•It's Affecting Your Confidence: Melasma shouldn't dim your inner light. If it's impacting your self-esteem, treatment can help you feel more comfortable and confident in your skin.

•The Patches Spread: Melasma can start small, but if you notice it spreading to new areas of your face, treatment can help prevent further progression.

•You're Tired of Trying Everything: Maybe you've experimented with different creams or home remedies, but nothing seems to work. Treatment from a professional can offer a more targeted and effective approach.

 

Remember, you're not alone! Melasma is a common condition, and there are solutions available. If you're noticing these signs, consider scheduling a consultation with a skincare professional at Clear Complexions. We can provide you with the best treatment for Melasma on face to achieve clearer, more even-toned skin. 

Chemical Peels are Effective for Treating Melasma 

Clear Complexions can help you achieve a clearer, more even skin tone. Schedule a consultation today by filling out the form below or Book Online. Together, we can create a personalized treatment plan to treat, control and suppress your melasma for a brighter, clear complexion.

Lighten Skin and Even Skin Tone

Pigmentation Correcting Mandelic Peel

Improve discoloration from acne, lighten Melasma, even out skin tone.

The Mandelic Peel treatment is a color correcting peel that was developed specifically for treating pigmentation issues, safe for all skin including darker skin types. Brightening of post-inflammatory pigmentation due to acne, melasma or sun damage.

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  • 6. Will melasma treatment go away on its own?
    Sometimes, melasma can fade on its own, especially if triggered by pregnancy hormones. However, for many people, treatment is needed to manage the condition.
  • 4. Can melasma be treated?
    Yes! There are various treatment options available, including topical creams, chemical peels, and laser treatments specifically for Melasma.
  • 1. What is melasma?
    Melasma causes brown or gray patches to appear on the face, often on the cheeks, forehead, upper lip area.
  • 2. What causes melasma?
    Melasma is triggered by a combination of factors including hormones, stress, pregnancy, birth control pills, diet and nutrition as well as genetic predisposition. Melasma is worsened by sun exposure.
  • 3. Is melasma the same as hyperpigmentation?
    Melasma is a type of hyperpigmentation, but not all hyperpigmentation is melasma. Hyperpigmentation refers to any darkening of the skin, while melasma has specific triggers and locations.
  • 5. How can I prevent melasma from getting worse?
    Sun protection is key! Wear sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher daily, even on cloudy days. Hats and sun-protective clothing can also help.
  • Can laser treatment remove acne scars?
    Laser acne scar removal is a popular option as well as chemical peels and microneedling. These treatment all help to smooth and refine the scar tissue, improving the overall look of acne scars.
  • I'm interested in learning more about skin treatments and products to improve my skin. What should I do?
    If you're having difficulty choosing a service, the best thing to do is call in for a skin consultation to discuss your skin concerns and goals. We will be able to recommend the appropriate skin treatment as well as some of the best skin care products and if interested, skin whitening treatments.
  • Is electrolysis right for me?
    Electrolysis works on all skin types and hair colors. It's a good option for the permanent removal of unwanted hair on smaller areas like eyebrows, upper lip, chin, etc.
  • What is the difference between scar removal and revision?
    Complete scar removal is often difficult. Scar revision surgery aims to improve the appearance and texture of existing scars, making them less noticeable.
  • What are my options for scar revision?
    Several scar reduction methods effectively treat varies types of scars, non-surgical injections, laser treatments, thermocoagulation, microneedling and chemical peels.
  • How often should I get a facial?
    This will also depend on the type of treatment you choose. Some treatments, like facial extractions and RF skin tightening facials can be done monthly, while others, like chemical peels, may only need to be done a few times a year.
  • What are the benefits of skincare?
    Skin therapy can help with a variety of concerns, including: Acne Wrinkles and fine lines Sun damage Dry skin Uneven skin tone Scarring
  • Where can I find electrolysis near me?
    A quick search online for "electrolysis near me" will show local providers. Certified Medical Astheticians at Clear Complexions Skin Therapy perform electrolysis permanent hair removal.
  • Who should I consult for scar revision?
    A dermatologist, plastic surgeon or medical asthetician can assess your scars to discuss treatments and recommend the best scar revision approach.
  • What is skin therapy?
    Skin therapy is all about improving the health and appearance of your skin. Microneedling benefits are endless. It can involve a combination of procedures like facial peels, chemical peels, RF light therapy, thermocoagulation and microneedling.
  • What is electrolysis hair removal?
    Electrolysis is a permanent hair removal method that uses tiny probes to deliver electric current directly to the hair follicle, destroying its growth potential.
  • 5. How many electrolysis sessions will I need?
    Multiple sessions are typically required to achieve permanent hair removal. The number of sessions depends on factors like hair growth cycle and the treated area.
  • 3. Is electrolysis painful?
    Electrolysis can cause mild temporary discomfort, but the level varies depending on the area treated and your pain tolerance. Numbing cream and mini ice packs are available and can be applied on sensitive areas as needed.
  • 4. How long does electrolysis take?
    Treatment times depend on the size and density of the area being treated. Smaller areas like the upper lip might take 15 minutes, while larger areas like legs can take several hours spread over multiple sessions.
  • 1. What is electrolysis?
    Electrolysis is an effective method for permanent hair removal. It uses tiny probes to deliver a small amount of electric current directly to the hair follicle, destroying its ability to grow new hair.
  • 7. Is electrolysis safe?
    When performed by a qualified electrologist, electrolysis is a safe and effective way to achieve electrolysis hair removal.
  • 2. Does electrolysis work on all hair types and skin tones?
    Yes! Unlike some laser treatments, electrolysis works effectively on all hair colors (including blonde, light brown, and grey) and all skin tones.
  • 6. Are there any side effects from electrolysis?
    Possible side effects include temporary redness, swelling, or scabbing at the treated area. Serious side effects are rare.
  • 5. Is it safe?
    Yes, this treatment is a safe and effective treatment for most individuals. However, it's always best to consult with a professional if you have any questions or concerns.
  • 2. Can it help with loose skin?
    Yes! RF therapy is particularly effective for addressing loose skin on the face, neck, jowls, saggy skin after pregnancy, arms, thighs, and buttocks.
  • 3. Does it hurt?
    It is a comfortable procedure! You feel a warm sensation during the treatment that most find relaxing and enjoyable!
  • 4. How long does it take to see results?
    Some people see improvement after just one session, but most benefit from a series of treatments. Results can continue to improve for weeks after your final session.
  • 1. What is RF skin tightening?
    RF stands for radiofrequency. This treatment uses radio waves to gently heat the deeper layers of your skin, stimulating collagen production for a firmer, tighter appearance.
  • 6. What are the benefits of RF skin tightening treatment at Clear Complexions?
    We offer safe, non-surgical treatments with minimal downtime and noticeable lasting results!
  • What are soft tissue fillers?
    Soft tissue fillers are another term for dermal fillers. They are injectable cosmeceuticals used to add volume and correct wrinkles in various facial areas, like cheeks, lips, and smile lines. Different filler types address specific concerns, and a consultation can help determine the best choice for you.
  • What can I expect with dermal fillers?
    Dermal fillers offer immediate results, adding volume and smoothing wrinkles. Results typically last from 6 months to 2 years, depending on the filler type and individual factors. A consultation can provide before-and-after examples and discuss realistic expectations.
  • How can facial rejuvenation help me?
    Facial rejuvenation consists of various techniques to restore a youthful appearance to the face. Dermal fillers are one option, improving volume loss and wrinkles. Other options include skincare procedures, chemical peels, microneedling, thermocoagulation, laser and RF Radiofrequency treatments. Most often a series of treatments or a combination of procedures may be recommended and most suitable for your goals.
  • Are there injectable options to reduce anti aging signs?
    Yes, anti aging injections like dermal fillers and Botox are popular choices. Fillers restore volume and soften wrinkles, while Botox relaxes muscles to prevent wrinkle formation. A consultation is best to discuss the most effective injectable options for your specific concerns.
  • What are cosmetic injectables?
    Cosmetic injectables are minimally invasive procedures that use injections to improve facial aesthetics. This includes hyaluronic acid, Botox, and other substances to address wrinkles, enhance features, and achieve a rejuvenated appearance.
  • What are dermal cheek fillers?
    Dermal cheek fillers are injectable hyaluronic acid used to enhance volume and definition in the cheeks. They can restore a youthful appearance by improving hollowness or sagging due to aging or weight loss.
  • Can microneedling help with acne scars?
    Microneedling can be effective in improving the appearance of acne scars by stimulating collagen growth, which fills in and smooths out scar tissue.
  • Is laser a better option for acne scars?
    Both procedures offer benefits. Laser for acne scars can target deeper scars, while microneedling treatment and more suitable for overall skin texture improvement. Thermocoagulation improves texture and reduces thick raised scars while chemical peels lighten discoloration.
  • What is microneedling?
    Microneedling is a minimally invasive procedure that uses tiny needles to create controlled punctures in the skin. This triggers the body's natural healing process, promoting collagen production for improved skin texture and tone.
  • What are the benefits of examining microneedling before and after pictures?
    Before and after pictures allow you to visualize the potential results of microneedling and track your own progress over time.
  • Where can I find microneedling near me?
    You can search online for "microneedling near me" or consult a medical aesthetician to find a qualified provider in your area.
  • How is microneedling for hair growth?
    While research is ongoing, microneedling for hair loss or microneedling with PRP shows promise for stimulating hair growth in some cases.
  • Can microneedling reduce stretch marks?
    Microneedling for stretch marks can help by boosting collagen production, making them less noticeable.
  • Can microneedling treat deep acne scars?
    Microneedling can be effective for various scar depths, but deeper scars might require additional treatments like laser therapy for optimal results.
  • Does microneedling help with hair loss?
    Microneedling with PRP (platelet-rich plasma) may promote hair growth by increasing blood flow and stimulating hair follicles in the treated area.
  • Can I see before and after pictures of microneedling for acne scars?
    Yes, skin clinics showcase acne scars before and after photos on their websites to illustrate microneedling's results for acne scars.
  • What happens after treatment?
    For a few hours, the treated area may look red and slightly swollen. Tiny scabs form, but they usually fall off within 7 to 10 days.
  • Does it hurt?
    Most people feel only mild discomfort, slight heat sensation felt intermittently during the procedure only. For large lesions or sensitive areas numbing cream is applied.
  • How long does the treatment take?
    The treatment is usually quite quick, depending on the number of spots, lesions or veins to be treated. Treatments can be booked for 30 minutes for a few lesions, 45 minutes for multiple lesions, or 60 minutes for a multiple areas or a full area such as full face, neck or back. All the prices are listed on the Book Online service page.
  • Is there any downtime?
    Thermocoagulation is a walk-in, walk-out procedure. You can resume normal activities right away.
  • Is thermocoagulation safe?
    Generally, yes, when performed by a qualified professional. Scarring, hyperpigmentation and hypopigmentation is a possibility but rarely occurs. Because of the slight pain and discomfort, treatments are not recommended for expecting women during pregnancy. It is always best to consult a doctor to discuss your concerns or any abnornal changes in the skin.
  • Will the veins disappear completely?
    Most treated veins disappear after just one treatment. New spider veins develop over time.
  • How does it work?
    A very thin probe delivers a tiny burst of heat directly to the brown sots, lesion or spider vein, causing it to dehydrate, collapse and close up. Skin imperfections scab up, heal and disappear.
  • What is thermocoagulation?
    Thermocoagulation is a cosmetic skin treatment that uses a high-frequency current to improve the appearance of your skin by removing unwanted brown spots, seborrheic keratosis, skin tags and spider veins. By using a tiny pinpoint probe, a certified aesthetician precisely delivers a mild micro-current heat energy gently to the skin to dehydrate and eliminate unwanted benign lesions and superficial spider veins.
  • Who can benefit from thermocoagulation?
    It's a good option for people with small, visible individual spider veins on the face.
  • Can I get milia on eyelid removal?
    Yes, a medical aesthetician can safely perform milia eyelid removal using specialized techniques and tools.
  • How much does milia removal cost?
    The cost of milia removal varies depending on factors like location and number of milia to be removed. All the prices are listed when viewing the Online Booking page. A standard fee of $80 applies for 1 to 4 milia removal and $160 for mulitiple milia removal. An additional fee of $40 may apply for detailed milia removal along the lash line, eyelid and orbital eye area.
  • What's the difference between red and regular skin tags?
    Red skin tags are typically newer and may contain blood vessels, while regular skin tags are flesh-colored. Both require professional removal using Thermocoagulation.
  • What is a facial peel used for?
    Facial peels remove outer layers of skin to improve texture, tone, and reduce sun damage or acne scars. There are various peel depths for different concerns.
  • Will a chemical peel help with milia?
    Chemical peels can sometimes improve the appearance of milia by exfoliating dead skin cells. However, milia removal extracted by a medical aesthetician is always more effective.
  • Can I remove skin tags at home?
    Similar to milia, it's not recommended removing skin tags at home. A medical aesthetician can remove them safely and minimize scarring risk.
  • How can I find a chemical peel near me?
    You can search online for "chemical peel near me" or ask your medical aesthetician for recommendations.
  • Are there different types of skin tags?
    Yes, there are several types of skin tags, including pedunculated (stalked), filiform (thread-like), and acrochordo (common skin tag).
  • Can a facial peel help with hyperpigmentation?
    Chemical peels can be effective for mild to moderate hyperpigmentation treatment by targeting and removing discolored skin cells.
  • What can be done to improve the look of existing scars?
    Scar revision procedures aim to improve the appearance of existing scars. Techniques vary depending on the scar type and severity. Consulting a medical aesthetician or plastic surgeon allows them to assess your scar and recommend suitable revision options.
  • How can I minimize breast reduction scars?
    Breast reduction surgery leaves scars, but their appearance can be improved with techniques like scar massage, silicone gel sheets, and steroid injections, thermocoagulation and microneedling. Consulting is best to discuss recommended scar management strategies.
  • Are chemical peels effective for acne scars with discoloration?
    Chemical peels use acid solutions to remove outer skin layers, reducing pigmentation issues. They may be helpful for mild acne and white scars with discoloration. However, they're not suitable for everyone, and a consultation with a medical aesthetician is essential.
  • What is thermocoagulation used for?
    Thermocoagulation uses heat to remove skin imperfections like skin tags, brown spots, various lesions and superficial spider veins. It's a minimally invasive procedure often performed by a medical aesthetician.
  • How can I achieve smooth skin?
    Achieving smooth skin depends on various factors, including genetics, skincare routine, and sun protection. Scar treatments can improve scar appearance and may take multiple treatments for best results.
  • How can I get rid of spider veins on face?
    Spider veins are small, dilated blood vessels visible on the face. Treatments like sclerotherapy (injections) or laser for acne scars can target and shrink them.
  • Can anything be done about old scars via scar rescue?
    While complete scar removal is uncommon, various treatments can significantly improve their appearance.
  • Will chemical peels help my acne scars?
    Chemical peels can improve the appearance of acne scars, particularly those with discoloration. Results are often subtle and may require multiple treatments.
  • When is scar removal surgery necessary?
    In some cases, surgery can remove or revise scar tissue. This is typically for deep acne scars and may involve techniques like scar excision or skin grafting. A board-certified plastic surgeon will discuss if surgery is right for you.
  • How can I get scar removal?
    Scars may be visible long after healing, but there are options to make them less noticeable. Treatments include silicone gels, chemical peels, thermocoagulation, steroid injections and laser therapy. A professional medical aesthetician can help you choose the best course of action for your specific scar.
  • How can I safely remove skin tags?
    Skin tags are benign growths often treated with simple removal procedures like clipping or thermocoagulation. A medical aesthetician can safely help in removing skin tags.
  • What is laser scar removal?
    Lasers use light energy to target scar tissue, improving texture and color. It's most effective for certain scar types and may require multiple sessions. Consultation with a medical aesthetician is crucial to determine suitability.
  • Can laser therapy help with acne scars?
    Laser therapy can improve acne scars by stimulating collagen production and resurfacing the skin. Different lasers target various scar depths. A medical aesthetician can advise on the most suitable laser type for your specific scars.
  • What are acne scars treatment?
    There's no one-size-fits-all solution for acne scars. Treatments like chemicals peels are best to destroy bacteria, balance oil and unclog pores to prevent recuring acne. Chemical peels improve skin texture are the best for lightening pigmentation caused by acne scarring. Microneedling is a better option to stimulate collagen, fill in indentations and improve overall skin texture. Laser treatment for acne scars many be recommended depending on the scar type and severity. Sometimes a combination of treatments is more beneficial.
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