What is Melasma?

Melasma is a very common skin condition that is also known by the name “Chloasma”. In this skin condition, patchy light or dark brown sometimes greyish pigmentations develop mainly on the face. It is pretty common in women during their pregnancy and in people with darker skin tones who live in areas with sunny climate. Because it is pretty common during reproductive years, sometimes it is referred to as “the mask of pregnancy”. It is also thought to be related to internal hormone changes and external hormone intakes such as birth control pills.  Melasma can be hereditary and run in a family.

Melasma improves during winter and becomes more noticeable during summer when people are more exposed to ultraviolet light which can increase the melanin production in skin. Melanin is a substance in body that is responsible for giving color to hair and skin. Excessive amount of melanin leads to skin discoloration and dark pigmentations on the skin. The patchy discolorations mainly appear on cheeks, forehead and upper lip usually in symmetrical manner.

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Melasma does not have any irritating effects like itchiness, redness or swelling. It is only the cosmetic effect of this condition that can be upsetting for most people and sometimes affect their lifestyle.

Those who experience Melasma during pregnancy do not need treatment as the condition resolves on its own in few months. However, if skin tone does not improve, patients have several options for improving their skin tone and reverse it to its natural look again.
Melasma Treatments includes

•    Chemical Peels
•    Fractional Laser Resurfacing
•    Therapeutic homecare products

For more information about Melasma treatments please contact Dermatech Laser Clinic at (905) 597-2552
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