Decoding Melasma:

Expert Tips for Tackling Troublesome Pigmentation and Dark Spots

Did you know? 

  • Melasma is often triggered by hormonal changes, making it a common concern during pregnancy or while taking hormonal medications.
  • Despite its nickname "mask of pregnancy," melasma can affect anyone, not just pregnant women.
  • Sun exposure can worsen melasma, so wearing sunscreen daily is crucial for prevention and management.
  • Certain medications, such as oral contraceptives or anticonvulsants, can increase the risk of developing melasma.
  • Melasma patches can be symmetrically distributed on the face, appearing on both sides like a mirrored image.
  • UV light isn't the only trigger for melasma; heat and visible light (from electronic devices and indoor lighting) can also contribute to its development.
  • While it can affect both genders, it predominantly troubles women aged 30 and above.

At Rejuvaus, we understand the struggles that come with melasma, especially in Australia, where our harsh sun poses additional challenges. Unprotected exposure to the sun's harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays can intensify melasma and darken existing patches.

Melasma distinguishes itself from other forms of pigmentation through its unique characteristics. Unlike freckles or age spots, melasma appears in distinct, patchy patterns, typically on the cheeks, forehead, upper lip, and chin.

What causes melasma?

Hormonal changes play a significant role in triggering melasma, which can occur during pregnancy, due to oral contraceptives, or hormonal replacement therapy. If you have a family history of melasma, you may be more prone to developing it. Additionally, factors like stress and exposure to the sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays can worsen the condition.

Underneath the surface, melasma is all about the behaviour of melanocytes—the cells responsible for producing melanin, the pigment that gives colour to our skin. When hormonal activity increases, these melanocytes become more sensitive and produce excess melanin in certain areas. Even when exposed to the same amount of UV radiation, these areas become darker than the rest of the skin, resulting in the appearance of melasma patches. 

Powerhouse Ingredients that help reverse and treat pigmentation

Superox-C (Vitamin C)

Rejuvaus chose a compounded blend SuperOx-CTM for maximum effectiveness and low irritability in combination with other actives. Energises dull-looking skin and suppresses melanin synthesis for a brighter, more even skin tone.

Encapsulated Niacinamide

Barrier-loving Encapsulated slow-release Niacinamide helps fade pigmentation, soothes post-blemish scarring and balances a combination skin without upsetting the microbiome. It also acts as a buffer, strengthening the skin’s protective barrier


Helps block pigment production in your skin by cleverly binding to receptors on pigment-producing cells and inhibits the DNA proteins that activate these pigment-producing cells.

Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs)

AHAs, such as glycolic acid or lactic acid, gently exfoliate the skin, promoting cellular turnover and fading pigmentation. They can also improve the overall texture and radiance of the skin.

ChromaBright® Molecule

Our 0.5% Chomabright Molecule is an important part of our anti-pigmentation blend, helping to prevent and fade discolouration without the irritation linked to Hydroquinone.


Encapsulated green and brown microalgae that targets skin tone, brightening, and reducing age spots. Blue light activated enzymes provide holistic skin protection and dramatically reduce pigmentation.

Vitamin B3
Vitamin C Serum
melasma treatment

Transforming your skin with active cosmeceuticals.

To control melanin production, a well-formulated serum must deliver a synergistic blend of proven melanin inhibitors to block the production of an enzyme called Tyrosinase.

Most brands don’t contain enough high-quality antioxidants and melanin inhibitors due to the production cost of blending high-quality actives and ensuring their stability.

Our i • ActiveTM formulas are specifically designed for melasma, combining the maximum amount of professional-grade ingredients required to be effective & safe. 

Get ready for the kind of results you're just not used to.

1. Cleanse and Exfoliation routine 

Gentle AHA Exfoliating Gel Cleanser

Gentle AHA Exfoliating Gel Cleanser

Experience a fresh and gentle lathering gel cleanser that effectively cleans and exfoliates dead skin cells without compromising the skin's healthy barrier. Formulated with four naturally derived alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) and soothing anti-inflammatories, it promotes gentle exfoliation to reveal fresh, smooth skin.

Clarify & Renew AHA & BHA Serum

Experience skin transformation with our powerful exfoliating serum. Packed with 15% encapsulated Salicylic Acid, 10% AHA fruit acids, and Caviar Lime, it brightens and refines for a soft, radiant complexion. This hydrating formula, enriched with low & regular weight Hyaluronic Acids and the L-22 Lipid complex, nourishes and locks in moisture. Minimise pores, discoloration, redness, and fine lines while maintaining a balanced microbiome.  

Best Clarifying Serum

2. Antioxidants

Best Antioxidant Serum

Repair & Refine ABC Serum

A powerhouse formulation enriched with essential vitamins and antioxidants to nourish and protect your skin. This extraordinary serum combines the benefits of Slow Release Retinaldehyde (the strongest form of safe, non-irritating Vitamin A), Slow Release Niacinamide (Vitamin B3), and Kakadu Plum Extract (the richest source of Vitamin C), ensuring your skin receives the care it deserves. This remarkable serum goes beyond traditional skincare by providing a potent dose of antioxidants that effectively combat free radical damage.

As a result, it not only refines skin texture but also restores radiance, evens skin tone, and promotes a brighter, clearer complexion. With the power of this serum, you can experience the transformative effects of reduced signs of aging, Helps smooth skin texture, refine lines & restore radiance. 


3. Pigment-Regulating Serum

Bright & Correct Niacinamide Serum

A targeted solution for addressing the root cause of hyperpigmentation. Unlike many other pigment serums on the market that simply bleach the skin, our serum focuses on safely regulating and reducing the pigment produced by melanocytes, resulting in a brighter and more even skin tone.

This powerful serum harnesses the potency of key ingredients such as BetaWhiteTM, ChromaBright® Molecule and ALGAKTIV® LightSKN to combat hyperpigmentation at its source. Beta-White works by binding to receptors on pigment-producing cells (melanocytes), effectively blocking pigment production. ChromaBright® is a stable molecule that delivers a visible skin brightening effect after 30 days.

Lastly, ALGAKTIV® LightSKN, an encapsulated green and brown microalgae for enhanced delivery to even the skin tone, brighten and reduce skin age spots. Blue light activated enzymes dramatically reduce pigmentation to deliver holistic skin protection. 

Melasma & Pigmentation Serum

4. UV Protection

UV Lotion

i • Solar Protect & Restore Invisible Zinc Lotion

Ensuring proper UV protection and incorporating effective skincare treatments is essential for managing all types of pigmentation, especially when it comes to melasma. The top priority is to shield your skin from harmful UV exposure using a robust physical sunblock, distinct from chemical sunscreens.

Our i • Solar Protect & Restore Invisible Zinc Lotion is light, super hydrating and provides long-lasting, high SPF protection from UV, IR and digital light. Free from chemicals and nanoparticles, this therapeutic blend of nineteen active ingredients work synergistically to reverse sun damage and minimise dark spots for clear, smooth, even-toned skin.

As with all skin concerns, you are unique and therefore results may vary.




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