Many women deal with Melasma at some point in their lives. While it is very common, it is also very complicated to treat. Melasma is a condition where the skin produces too much melanin, the substance that gives skin, hair, and eyes their colour. The cause of Melasma is primarily hormonal changes (such as pregnancy), which is why it’s known as the “pregnancy mask”. It can also be caused by prolonged sun exposure. Other causes may include thyroid disease, cosmetic products that irritate the skin, Addison’s disease, and a genetic predisposition to the condition. Birth control pills or hormonal therapy may also trigger Melasma.
If you are struggling with this skin condition and are seeking a permanent Melasma treatment to reduce its visibility, you may want to compare chemical peels vs. lasers for Melasma. Here’s what you need to know about the difference between the two treatments, and which one is the better option.
How Does the Chemical Peel Work?
Chemical peels are known for their anti-aging benefits, and were one of the primary methods used by most people until newer, less-severe methods were developed. The procedure uses alpha hydroxy acid, a glycolic acid, which can treat a number of skin conditions. It is used for skin conditions like oily skin, acne-prone skin, sun damage, dryness, hyperpigmentation, and Melasma. It has also been used to create anti-aging results. The solution is applied to the face and rests there for five minutes before a neutralizer is applied for three minutes. The entire procedure takes about 30 to 45 minutes and most patients can go back to their usual activities afterwards.
The downside of chemical peels is that it encourages your skin to shed its outermost layer for a fresh new layer to grow. This process can be painful and uncomfortable. Patients experience symptoms like redness, scarring, mild burning, changes in skin colour, and in some cases, infections and risks to internal organs. Treated areas take seven to 14 days for optimal results to appear.
How Effective Is a Chemical Peel for Melasma?
There are three levels of chemical peels: superficial, medium, and deep. Here is a breakdown of how each of these levels works:
- Superficial Chemical Peels: These are the most popular, common, and affordable of all chemical peels. They use glycolic or salicylic acid to dissolve the dead skin cells on the surface of the skin. As a result, it restores the skin to appear more vibrant and youthful.
- Medium and Deep Chemical Peels: These options are designed to treat deeper and more serious problems with the skin, such as pigmentation and acne problems. Trichloroacetic Acid peels are one of the most common forms, and the strength of the acid and time left on the skin determine the intensity of the treatment.
Chemical Peels vs. Laser Peel for Melasma
A newer and safer treatment for Melasma is the Spectra Laser Carbon Peel procedure. Unlike the chemical peel, no strong, harsh products are put on the skin, yet the results are equivalent to four strong chemical peels with just one session. It is highly effective in treating skin conditions like Melasma, inflamed acne, enlarged pores, and more. It also improves skin texture and elasticity, reverses sun damaged skin, and can remove mild scars, acne spots, freckles, age spots, and fine lines and wrinkles.
The technician will coat the affected skin with a layer of a carbon solution. Then, with a special laser wavelength, they will heat the area to allow the carbon to penetrate the skin. A second wavelength is used to remove the carbon. As the laser passes over each area, the carbon disappears from sight. Once all the carbon is removed, new skin is instantly revealed. It takes about three to six treatments for best results, and in most cases the difference is noticeable right away.
Spectra Peel produces brighter, younger-looking skin, as it stimulated collagen, controls sebum production, reduces redness, and lightens the effects of sun damage. It also does not require the use of medication. The best part is that the peeling happens at the clinic, so there’s no shedding at home, no downtime, and minimal to no risk.
Permanent Melasma Treatment by Laser Peel
If the cause of Melasma is attributed to natural changes in hormones such as pregnancy, some women notice their Melasma fading with time. However, some people struggle to relieve their skin of the discoloration for months and years, without much progress. Although there is no magic formula to remove Melasma, there are treatments that can reduce the appearance of Melasma and remove it permanently.
Spectra Peel is the most effective method for removing Melasma and it offers the following benefits:
- Long-term results
- Even skin tone
- No downtime
- Safe for most skin types
- No messy creams
- Comfortable procedure
Anti Aging’s Permanent Melasma Removal Treatment
The Spectra Peel treatment is equal to having four chemical peels in one session, without the risks and recovery time, which is why many people are choosing this as their method for Melasma removal. Spectra Peel is highly effective for treating a variety of skin conditions such as inflamed acne, Melasma, enlarged pores, and signs of aging. If you’ve been searching for a way to reduce or remove the appearance of Melasma on your skin, the Spectra Peel treatment is a great option.
The Anti Aging Toronto Clinic is an early adopter of this technology and has over five years of experience with the Laser Spectra Peel. We pride ourselves on using the latest clinical methods to give our patients the best anti-aging, body care, and fat loss treatment options. We support our clients being able to make informed decisions about how to pursue solutions for Melasma and other skin complications, and we are proud to employ some of the best treatments and practitioners in Toronto. Feel free to contact us by phone at (416) 546-4664 or by e-mail at info@AntiAgingToronto.ca to ask any questions. Our skincare specialists can also offer you a tour of our Toronto facilities.