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Laura Byrne Instagram sheds light on stigmatised condition.

Her fans responded with overwhelming positivity.

“Good on you for showing people you can be yourself on social media!” commented one user.

“Thank you for this, Laura,” wrote another.

Melasma is a skin condition that affects primarily women, and presents as the formation of uneven dark/brown patches on the skin.

Those with dark skin are at a higher risk of developing pigmentation, but there are many other factors that contribute.

According to Healthline, estrogen and progesterone sensitivity are linked to pigmentation, meaning birth control, pregnancy and hormone therapy can lead to melasma.

The condition can also be caused by sun exposure, as ultraviolet rays affect the cells that control pigmentation.

Dermal therapist James Vivian explained to Mamamia last year that about 50 per cent of his female clients have melasma, which is just one type of pigmentation.

“The condition is hormonally induced pigment which sits quite deeply in the skin in the dermal aspect of the skin rather than the epidermal aspect so it’s not so available to treatment and it’s very sensitive to things like light and heat,” he explains.

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While there is no “cure” for melasma, there are options to minimise it (if you want to, of course).

“Treatment involves predominantly good work at home with sun protection on a daily basis and reapplication every couple of hours and using the right acids and the right de-pigmentation ingredients like Vitamin Cs and Vitamin As,” Vivian explains.

“In-clinic treatments is a way to really move that pigment through the skin a lot but it will always be there so we really try to ingrain that into clients that we can make it look so much better but it will always be there,” he added.

Melasma or not, being sun safe is always a good idea.

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