You know you’ve thought about it. That dreamy goal of smooth skin every day, no fears about impromptu beach trips and no sheepish denials of shaving in between appointments to your waxing technician.
Do you ever feel like hormones are the teething of womanhood? What’s this <insert strange bodily development>? Ah, must be hormones. Well another fun result of those pesky regulating substances chugging around our bodies is something called Melasma - or more commonly, the mask of pregnancy. As if pregnancy wasn’t scary enough without bringing a mask in to it. But I digress…melasma translates from the Greek word for dark, and that’s exactly what it is. Dark brown/grey patches of skin that develop, typically on the face, although they can also appear on the body, most notably on the forearms. Melasma can show up during periods of hormonal disturbance, most commonly pregnancy or while taking birth control, but can also happen without hormonal fluctuations and can even happen in men.
We’re pinching ourselves that you’re reading this, because it means our website is live…which means we’re opening VERY soon! Building this practice has been a labor of love in its truest sense – we’ve enjoyed (almost) every moment and can’t wait to start servicing our local Fairfield County community with top tier medical, surgical, pediatric and cosmetic care.
If you were born in the 70s or 80s, you probably consider yourself clued up on sun care and how to stay safe. Most of this generation, and those that follow it, know the dangers of tanning beds, we wear sunglasses year-round (okay, maybe sometimes it’s to hide at school drop off) and we’d never think of letting our kids on the beach without a thick layer of SPF…and a hat that we wrestle back on at least every eight minutes. All of that knowledge aside, there is still a lot of confusion about sunscreen – which ingredients should we be choosing, and which chemicals are a no-no? Everybody seems to have an opinion and there’s no hiding from the consequences of choosing incorrectly; sun damage and premature aging on the “good end” and skin cancer on the very scary end.