Melasma is a common skin condition that causes brown spots to occur on the skin. Most commonly these brown spots show up on the face – on the cheeks, upper lip, chin, forehead, or the nose. Many people who suffer from Melasma also suffer from the side effect of feeling very self conscious about the appearance of the skin on their faces.
Melasma is triggered by sun exposure and is also affected by a hormone imbalance. Many women suffer from Melasma during and after pregnancy because of the dramatic shifts that occur in their bodies during pregnancy. For women who suffer from Melasma during pregnancy, they are told that they have “the mask of pregnancy.” Luckily, for many women their Melasma will fade over time, typically within six months of giving birth. However, for some women their Melasma does not go away on its own.
For women and men with Melasma that does not fade on its own, there are treatment options available from our esteemed dermatology office. It is important to get to the root issues of Melasma – is it from over exposure to the sun, a hormone imbalance, or something more? We will work with you and your regular physician to help determine the cause of your skin condition. After working to understand the causes of your Melasma, our trusted dermatologists will work to provide a treatment plan to lead you to healthy, radiant skin. Treatment methods may consist of lightening creams, laser therapy, or chemical peels in order to fade the patches of dark skin. Your treatment plan will also help you to avoid other dark brown patches from popping up on other places of your face.
Your dermatologist care should be both comprehensive and long-lasting. Your skin is important, and we understand how personal your face is to you.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Jamie Weisman, Medical Dermatology Specialists