Illuminate Skin Therapies



Melasma: What Is It? 

Melasma is a common pigmentation disorder that can cause brown or grey patches to appear on your skin, primarily on an area that’s most noticeable... your face. You’ll usually see melasma appear on the forehead, chin, cheeks, and upper lip. Typically, the face is impacted symmetrically, meaning if you have it on one cheek, then you’ll have it on the other – matching marks. But melasma can also occur on other parts of your body that are exposed to the sun such as the forearms and neck. Melasma is often referred to as “the mask of pregnancy” as it frequently appears during pregnancy due to vast hormonal changes. Along with pregnancy, melasma is typically triggered by UV exposure and estrogen and progesterone sensitivity. Stress and thyroid challenges can also be thought to cause melasma.

What Causes Melasma?

Melasma most commonly occurs postpartum due to hormonal fluctuations and among post-cyclical women who supplement estrogen. Melasma differs from common hyper-pigmentation in that it stems from inside the body and can be triggered by thyroid irregularity, heat, and sun exposure, According to some research, melasma can also be triggered by stress-due to the production of the body’s stress hormone, cortisol, and how it affects the production of estrogen. Estrogen can affect the appearance and severity of melasma. Melasma may also occur when you either start or stop hormonal contraception, including birth control pills, or when you take hormone replacement therapy. It is thought to occur when the female sex hormones estrogen and progesterone stimulate an overproduction of melanin when skin is exposed to the sun.

Who Can Experience Melasma?

Women, post-partum and menopausal, and in less common scenarios men and women who have never been pregnant, but who are especially prone to stress.

What Are The Most Effective Treatments?

At the present there is no permanent resolution for melasma, however, there are several treatment options that may improve its appearance. Laser technology, when applied skillfully, can improve the appearance of this variety of hyper-pigmentation, but it is important to approach melasma as a condition that is “managed and minimized” vs resolved. Melasma may return due to changes in hormones, heat, and sun exposure. Through the application of regular laser facials, melasma pigmentation tends to fade much faster and remain at bay.

  • We Recommend:
    • Complexion Rehab
    • Fractional Laser, Radiance + Refine
    • Stress Management Protocols including Adaptogens
    • Tyrosinase Inhibitors: Kojic Acid, Azeleic Acid
    • Antioxidants: Vitamin C, Alpha Arbutin, Astaxanthin
    • Hydrators: Hyaluronic Acid, Tremella Mushroom
  • The Benefits:
    • Complexion Rehab: Promotes faster fading and management of melasma, leading to balanced tone, texture and an overall elevated glow. 
    • Active Skincare Ingredients: Responsive and proactive. In the case of Tyrosinase inhibitors, such as Alpha Arbutin + Kojic Acid, the production of melanin, or more specifically, the enzyme which catalyzes the production of melanin is neutralized, thereby “inhibiting” the overproduction of melanin that occurs as a natural part of the body’s healing response. 
    • Antioxidants: Enhance the body’s efficiency, detoxify, and support environments in which healthy cellular turnover can occur and the shedding and repopulation cycles of skin and its collagen building blocks can thrive. This results in a faster process of healing pigmentation.
    • Precise Support Laser: Stimulates and helps manage the impact of express pigmentation and synthesizes a healing environment in which melasma symptoms begin to decline and remain neutralized with consistent treatment. 
    • Active Hydrating Ingredients: Can aid in the management process. Hyaluronic acid and Tremella Mushroom have shown to be highly effective.

Complimentary Consults

Perhaps the most important phase of our journey together is your complimentary consultation. This is your opportunity to see what our passion for the details of your skin will look like with Illuminate as your skincare guide can look like! During this 30-45 minutes of shared exchange, we will get to know your skin in real-time, develop an appreciation for the way you care for your skin, and hopefully answer any questions you have! We are here to help you develop or expand upon your individual skincare philosophy, including best practices, care, and services! 


Illuminate Skin Therapies offers a variety of skincare solutions to address a number of challenging skin conditions. Here you can explore the skin health challenges and the effective and enhancing services we provide and the options available to achieve your most radiant and vital complexion.

Complexion Rehab
Complexion Rehab

Type of Treatment: Laser: Lifestyle-Friendly, Non-Ablative (No Downtime) $99/session Complexion Rehab is an adaptable, 8-week program that uses strategic laser therapy and the nourishing support of organic, plant-based skincare to enhan

Radiance + Refine
Radiance + Refine

Type of Treatment: Laser: Ablative (Downtime-4-7 days development) $595/session Two phases of complexion transformation merge to elevate this ablative treatment to high-level effectiveness.. We begin with “Radiance”: fractio

Radiance + Remedy
Radiance + Remedy

Type of Treatment: Laser: Lifestyle-Friendly, Non-Ablative (No Downtime) $249/session An Illuminate signature adaptation that combines 3 laser modalities using the Fotona SP Dynamis. The first step uses a wavelength chosen to calm under

Full Service Skin Care Tailored For You

Full Service Skin Care Tailored For You

Illuminate Skin Therapies is committed to providing elevated and accessible skincare solutions to serve Calgary and the area. Our beautiful, welcoming, and relaxing skin wellness centre boasts state-of-the-art technologies, private consultation spaces, and a retail space of top-of-the-line skin care products to support our clients on their journey to vital, glowing skin. Book your Complimentary Consultation today.

Illuminate Your Skin

Illuminate Skin Therapies creates strategic, compassionate skincare solutions. Our technicians are highly trained and empathetic, delivering therapeutic care with the support of products and services that are consciously created using premium ingredients and innovative techniques. Illuminate is committed to delivering high-performance results, which are reliable and cumulative due to consistent refinement and challenge to the conventional standard for beauty.

Our clinic uses only the most revolutionary Standard for technology advancements in Medical Aesthetics. Contact Us Today!

Call our West Springs location at 1-587-897-5952 to book your Complimentary Consult!