Melasma Treatment Questions and Answers

Do you have dark and discolored patches on your skin? You might have a skin condition known as Melasma. Treatments are available, so talk to our team of healthcare professionals at Reddy Aesthetics today. Call us today to book an appointment. We have 2 convenient locations in Long Beach, CA and Huntington Beach, CA to serve you.

Melasma Treatment Near Me in Long Beach, CA and Huntington Beach, CA
Melasma Treatment Near Me in Long Beach, CA and Huntington Beach, CA

What is Melasma?

Melasma is a skin condition that causes dark, discolored patches to appear on the skin. It is a common condition that occurs more often in women then in men, although doctors aren’t sure why that is. When it occurs in pregnant women, it is called chloasma, or the mask of pregnancy. The discolored patches are darker than your normal skin color and they typically appear on the face in a symmetrical pattern so that the marks appear on both sides of the face to match each other. Melasma can develop on other areas of the body that are exposed to the sun on a regular basis. On the face, melasma usually appears in the form of gray or brownish colored patches on the chin, bridge of the nose, forehead and cheeks. They can also appear on the neck and forearms. While there is no physical pain or discomfort associated with melasma, it can make sufferers feel self-conscious about the appearance of their skin. If you notice signs of melasma on your skin, you can consult your doctor for treatment options. They may refer you to a dermatologist, as they focus on conditions that affect the skin. Treatment is available, although in some cases the discolorations will fade by themselves over time. A dermatologist can prescribe creams or topical steroids that can lighten the skin, and if that doesn’t work, they may suggest trying chemical peels, dermabrasion or microdermabrasion instead. Melasma may not completely go away, even with treatment, or it might go away and come back later.

What is the root cause of melasma?

Melasma from a medical perspective is due to overactive melanocytes, which are the cells in the skin that produce pigment. However, why these cells produce too much pigment, causing skin discoloration has been hard to determine. The root cause of melasma isn’t really clear or confirmed, although many factors are believed to be contributors to its appearance. It appears that individuals with darker skin are at a higher risk that fair skinned people for developing melasma. Sensitivity to estrogen and progesterone have also been linked with the skin condition, meaning that hormone therapy, pregnancy and birth control pills can all increase the likelihood of melasma. Melasma is also thought to be caused by stress and thyroid disease. Ultraviolet rays from the sun affect the melanocytes cells, which control skin pigment, so it is thought that sun exposure may also be one of the causes of melasma. Whatever the cause, working with a dermatologist can help manage the appearance of melasma and provide treatments to reduce future melasma developments.

What does melasma look like?

Melasma appears as brownish colored discolorations that appear on the skin, typically of the face, but can also appear on the neck and forearms or other parts of the body. On the face, they typically appear in a symmetrical pattern from one side of the face to the other, and are most commonly found on the forehead, chin, cheeks and across the bridge of the nose. The discolored patches may appear as freckle-like spots or could form larger discolored patches. Melasma may also form on the forearms, neck and shoulders. While melasma doesn’t harm the body in any way, sufferers can feel self-conscious about the discolored blotches on their skin. Depending on the cause of the melasma, it can clear up on its own if its due to hormonal changes, or a dermatologist can prescribe a cream or topical steroid that can be used to help lighten the skin. Working with a dermatologist is your best option for treatment as they can help determine the cause of the melasma and provide treatment options accordingly. If the cause isn’t hormonal and prescribed creams don’t work, the dermatologist may recommend skin therapies to try to help such as chemical peels, microdermabrasion or dermabrasion. These treatments all require specialized training and certifications, which your dermatologist is likely to have.

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