Melasma Scottsdale, AZ
Say Goodbye To Melasma's patchy spots
Melasma is a common skin condition where patches of skin on the face turn brown. The most commonly affected areas are the cheeks, bridge of the nose, forehead and upper lip. Melasma mostly affects women. Causes include exposure to ultraviolet light and hormonal changes resulting from pregnancy or birth control.
Treatments for melasma include:
- UVA/UVB Sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher
- Reapplication of sunscreen every 2 hours
- Sun and heat avoidance
- Avoidance of Any Irritating Cleansers, Creams or Makeup Products
- Discontinuation of Birth Control
- Skin care such as Retinol and Bleaching Creams including Hydroquinone
- Laser treatments
- Chemical Peels
Is melasma curable?
Melasma is difficult to treat because it is the result of over activity of normal pigment producing cells. It is not like a stain that can be removed, it is a dynamic process that has to be managed. Avoiding causes like birth control pills and aggravating factors like sun and heat help. Since we really don’t understand all there is to know about melasma we have not found a cure. The good news is that it generally goes away eventually although that can be years.
Is melasma dangerous if untreated?
Melasma is not dangerous if untreated. However, it can be uncomfortable or embarrassing. Contact Van Dyke Aesthetics to schedule your treatment.
What causes melasma?
Melasma (sometimes called 'mask of pregnancy') is a patchy darkening of areas of the face that can be caused by hormones (your own natural hormones or those found in birth control pills). It is made worse by sun and heat. Irritation and overly aggressive or harsh treatments can also make it worse.
Which treatments have the longest lasting results for melasma?
The best treatments for melasma involve multiple approaches at the same time. Avoid triggers like
hormones, sun/tanning beds and heat. You can also reduce the skin’s ability to produce pigment with prescription medications like hydroquinone, over the counter brightening lotions like Lytera from SkinMedica, Retinols (non prescription), and Retin A (prescription).
Removing pigment from the skin with superficial chemical peels or Clear and Brilliant resurfacing laser is another option. Resurfacing gently encourages the shedding of pigment without triggering more.
A treatment plan including these approaches will give results within a few months. The plan may be modified but not abandoned after results are achieved because maintenance is always needed or melasma tends to return.
Treatment by a dermatologist often improves the appearance of melasma and prevents future recurrence. Schedule your melasma treatment at Van Dyke Aesthetics in Paradise Valley, AZ here.