A wide-brimmed hat helps to protect your skin from the sun and can help fade melasma.
The following can prevent melasma from getting worse:
- 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.
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.
You should apply sunscreen every day. Be sure to apply it 20 minutes before you go outside.
- Use your medicine exactly as directed by your dermatologist. This is very important.
- Cover up the patches. You may want to cover up your dark patches with makeup. Choose products that have white and yellow undertones.
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