Melasma is a commonly found hyperpigmentation problem affecting the Asian skin. This skin condition is characterized by brownish patches, usually appears over the cheeks, may occurs on the forehead, upper lips, nasal bridge, jawline and other parts of the body that get lots of sun as well. Melasma is more common in women and people with darker skin-types living in areas of intense and prolonged sunlight.

What causes melasma?
Melasma occurs much more often in women than in men, most often affects young women with brownish skin tone. Known triggers for melasma include sun exposure, pregnancy, birth control pills, hormonal changes, family history of melasma, medications and cosmetics. TCM believes that impurities from the liver cause melasma formation.
Uncontrolled sunlight exposure

This is considered the leading cause of melasma. Exposure to ultraviolet rays deepens the pigmentation because it activates the cells that control pigment (melanocytes) to produce more melanin.

Genetic predisposition

Individuals with a genetic predisposition or known family history of melasma are at an increased rick of developing melasma.


Melasma is also known as “mask of pregnancy” or “chloasma”. Melasma during pregnancy is relatively common. In affected women, the pigment often fades a few months after delivery.

Medications and cosmetics

Using products or medications that irritate the skin may cause an increase in melanin production and accelerate melasma symptoms.

How can you treat melasma?
Crystal Clear Skin Solution

Melasma can be treated with our 3 step chemical peel, low level light laser therapies and our specifically formulated collagen essence to surpress melasma formation.

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