26 Sep Is Melasma Affecting Your Self-Esteem?
Any skin condition can impact your self-esteem, especially when it’s on your face. That’s why RefinedMD offers top-of-the-line aesthetic services, from laser and light skin rejuvenation to chemical peels and DermalInfusion, to help you look and feel your best. However, few skin conditions are as damaging to your confidence as melasma. A recent study in the International Journal of Women’s Dermatology found that melasma patients thought the condition stole their freedom.
While there is no cure for melasma, there are treatments to reduce the signs and symptoms. Melasma isn’t dangerous and is a type of hyperpigmentation that often looks gray instead of brown. It’s most common in women who are pregnant and can be exacerbated by sun exposure. However, anyone can get melasma, and it can be very difficult to treat the symptoms.
Melisma Can Affect Your Self-Confidence
According to the study, subjects suffered from moderate to severe melasma. The six patients received oral medication combined with topical creams and sunscreen. Before starting treatment, the patients were asked a series of questions including, “How noticeable do you think your melasma is to others?” and “Does your melasma have an impact on your sense of self-worth?” Every patient indicated that their confidence suffered because of their melasma, and they often avoided social situations. Results showed that quality of life with melasma is multi-factorial and that effective treatment leads to a higher quality of life.
In addition to negatively impacting their quality of life and self-esteem, every patient reported that they were more self-conscious with melasma. Most said they wished melasma was anywhere but on their face, with one woman stating, “You are less than a person or not as good as the next person in line. You aren’t as whole or complete.” Another said, “I always felt self-conscious about it; in that group of people, where everyone was so pretty and so well dressed, here I was with [dark stains] on my face.”