Melasma Treatment Options
Your face is such a prominent, noticeable, and defining part of your appearance. When hyperpigmentation takes hold, it’s incredibly frustrating. Melasma can appear on many areas of the body, including the cheeks, bridge of the nose, forehead, chin, upper lip, forearms, neck, and other spots commonly exposed to sunlight.
Causes of Melasma
For how commonplace melasma is, the scientific community still knows little about it. Some of the possible causes include:
- Pregnancy (it’s such a common development that it’s sometimes called “pregnancy mask”)
- Fluctuating hormones from birth control pill, hormone replacement therapy, menopause, or other causes of rapid hormonal change
- Being female
- Sun exposure
- Medications that make the skin more prone to pigmentation after UV exposure
If you have a genetic predisposition for melasma, you’re more likely to see it as a result of sun exposure. Melasma most often appears during the summer months, and tends to lighten in the winter.
Which treatments are effective on melasma?
Because melasma can appear on so many areas of the body, including the cheeks, bridge of the nose, forehead, chin, upper lip, forearms, neck, and other spots commonly exposed to sunlight, treatment needs to take a delicate approach. There are many natural remedies and home approaches to melasma, and while these may gently lighten your skin, they’re not going to lead to impressive results. You want your melasma gone, not just a shade lighter.
Fortunately, there are a variety of noninvasive professional treatments that will make a marked difference to your melasma. Laser skin resurfacing, IPL treatments, and chemical peels each take a slightly different approach to clearing brown spots, and we’ll help you discover which option is ideal for you.
If you’d like to learn more, just schedule a free consultation to have your skin examined (without commitment). We will perform a Digital Skin Analysis to examine your skin and identify concerns both on its surface and deeper in the dermis. Book yours today.