Is It Melasma or Something Else?

Is It Melasma or Something Else? | Spectrum Dermatology, Scottsdale

Is It Melasma or Something Else?

Melasma is a skin condition that presents as brown or gray patches on the skin. Spectrum Dermatology treats this vexing condition that can be chronic and last for years. Melasma is most often found on the face, and is sometimes dubbed the “mask of pregnancy”, thanks to its prevalence in pregnant women. Both sun exposure and hormone fluctuations can bring on and exacerbate melasma, but how do you know it’s melasma and not something else?

Only a dermatologist can diagnose melasma. Sometimes this persistent condition can be confused with sun damage, freckles, and other types of hyperpigmentation. Although none of these conditions are dangerous, they can be frustrating and decrease self-confidence. It’s essential that you receive a correct diagnosis since it will dictate a treatment plan.

Melasma is often more stubborn than other types of hyperpigmentation. It can be more challenging to treat and require more aggressive approaches. Knowing whether it’s melasma or another condition will set you up for successful treatments. There are a variety of options which may include laser skin rejuvenation, peels, and microdermabrasion.

Although pregnant women are the most likely demographics to get melasma, it can occur in anyone. Both men and women suffer from melasma, although it’s more common in women. Those with darker skin tones are also more prone to melasma, but again melasma has been found in patients of all skin tones.

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Preventing future melasma outbreaks is also critical. Sun exposure is the most controllable factor connected to melasma. Regularly wearing sunscreen, reapplying it every 90 minutes, and covering up with loose fabrics are all staples for minimizing sun damage. However, you can also work with your dermatologist to create a customized sun protection program for you. This is especially important for those who live in sunny regions like Arizona. It’s pretty tough to escape the sun when you live in a desert climate. For more information on treating melasma, hyperpigmentation, and protecting your skin, call Spectrum Dermatology at 480-948-8400 to schedule your consultation.