Melasma: Because Pregnancy isn’t Already Stressful Enough

Melasma & Pregnancy | Spectrum Dermatology, Scottsdale

Melasma: Because Pregnancy isn’t Already Stressful Enough

Have you heard of the mask of pregnancy? Melasma is a specific type of hyperpigmentation that has no cure, but it can come and go on its own. Spectrum Dermatology can help patients minimize the appearance of this particular skin issue. Hyperpigmentation is the concentrated darkening of the skin, and an overarching term to describe a number of complaints, including brown spots and melasma. However, melasma appears in larger patches than brown spots and can be brown or gray in color.

Melasma can appear anywhere on the body, but it is most common on the face—which can make it a frustrating condition to live with. Although it can happen to anyone at any time of their life, it is especially prevalent in pregnant women due to rapidly changing hormones. The good news is that many pregnant women report that their melasma lessens or disappears on its own postpartum. However, if you’d like to safely speed up that process, there are a number of treatments available that are perfectly safe for moms to be.

Some women choose to wait until after childbirth to see if the melasma will minimize on its own. Others want immediate treatment to help them look and feel their best during this exciting and challenging time of their life. Even though melasma isn’t curable, it does exist on the upper layers of the skin. Other types of hyperpigmentation are deep in the lower layers of the skin and much more stubborn to treat.

One of the most common treatment plans for melasma is laser skin resurfacing. At Spectrum Dermatology, there is a wide range of skin lasers available that are safe for future moms. Lasers ultimately work by increasing collagen and elastin production in the skin, which helps to reveal fresher and younger-looking skin. It’s a great complement to your pregnancy glow.

Book a Consultation with Spectrum Dermatology Today!

If you’ve noticed patchiness on your face or anywhere else, it may be melasma—but only your dermatologist can diagnose a skin disorder. Call Spectrum Dermatology today at 480-948-8400 to schedule your appointment.