What Can I Do About Melasma?

What Can I Do About Melasma? | Spectrum Dermatology, Scottsdale

What Can I Do About Melasma?

Melasma is a relatively challenging skin condition to treat, but Spectrum Dermatology offers a variety of options. Melasma is a stubborn type of hyperpigmentation which can present as gray or brown patches. It is particularly common in pregnant women due to hormone fluctuations and is often concentrated near the eyes to become the so-called “mask of pregnancy.” Melasma is harmless, but like any kind of hyperpigmentation, it can cause emotional and mental distress.

These patches of dark areas are especially prevalent on the face. Women are particularly prone to melasma because of their constantly-shifting hormones. However, men can also have melasma. It is estimated that up to six million women in America alone will develop melasma in their lifetime. Those with more melanin are especially prone to melasma.

Melasma occurs when cells that create pigmentation become hyperactive and simply produce too much. It’s similar to the process of freckles and age spots, but melasma is larger. There is also a genetic component to melasma, and if someone in your family has it, you’re at a higher risk.

Hormones aren’t the only cause or exacerbation of melasma. It can also be brought on by sun exposure. Many people spot melasma after a tropical vacation or when summer comes to an end. Sunscreens aren’t enough to prevent melasma because they only reduce UV damage. They do not actually stop the skin from being exposed to sunlight.

Get in Contact With Spectrum Dermatology Today!

The first step in treating melasma is getting a correct diagnosis. Melasma can sometimes look like other conditions, which is why you should only trust your treatment to a dermatologist who specializes in melasma. After a diagnosis, there are a few treatment options available. Melasma has no cure, but there are many options to reduce the appearance of melasma including laser skin treatments and chemical peels. If you have or suspect you have melasma, help is available. Contact Spectrum Dermatology today to schedule your consultation.