At the Skin and Beauty Center in California, our providers see patients on a regular basis dealing with imperfections of the skin that make them feel self-conscious about their appearance. A certain type of pigmented skin concern that may develop is melasma. Our team is committed to providing solutions to reduce the appearance of melasma and help boost self-confidence.
What is melasma and when is it seen?
Melasma is a common skin condition that causes darker, discolored patches that develop on the face. These patches are usually brown or gray and may occur on both light and dark skin. Because melasma can be mistaken for other skin conditions such as freckles and sun spots, it is important to visit an experienced dermatological provider for diagnosis.
Melasma is more common in women than men, and it often occurs during pregnancy or when using birth control pills. While melasma is not harmful, it can affect your self-confidence. Fortunately, there are a few treatments available that can help to lighten the dark patches.
How can melasma be treated?
Melasma can be a source of cosmetic concern for some people. If you have melasma, you may feel self-conscious about your appearance. There are a variety of treatment options available which can help to lighten the dark patches and even out your skin tone. Treatments often include topical creams, topical prescription gels, chemical peels, laser and light therapy, and microdermabrasion. In some cases, melasma may go away on its own after pregnancy or when you stop taking hormones during hormone therapy.
One of the most effective methods to reduce melasma naturally, however, is by reducing exposure to light, heat, and sun. Some patients may also use supplements, vitamins, and pills to address melasma as well. Speaking to the team at the Skin and Beauty Center is the first step in determining which treatment might be most effective at reducing the pigmentation on the skin.
How do I learn more about melasma treatment?
Call one of our six convenient practice locations to learn more about melasma treatment and improvement with lifestyle changes, medication, and skin therapies.