Melasma is a chronic skin condition that results in symmetrical and blotchy facial pigmentation that can be brown, tan, or blue-gray. This discoloration is common in women and rare in men.
Possible causes for melasma include:
Heat and sun exposure may trigger or exacerbate melasma. Preventive measures include using sun protection or avoiding direct sunlight.
Melasma symptoms include discoloration in the form of brown or gray-brown patches that may appear on the following areas of the face:
Melasma may also rarely occur on the forearms.
Melasma might fade on its own if it was caused by pregnancy or hormonal contraceptives as hormone levels return to normal. Treatment options for melasma include:
The board-certified dermatologists at the Center for Surgical Dermatology & Dermatology Associates will work with you to find the treatment option that will work best for you.
Find reliable, trusted diagnoses and treatments for melasma at The Center for Surgical Dermatology and Dermatology Associates in Westerville and Gahanna, Ohio. Our team of board-certified dermatologists provide safe, effective treatment so that you can overcome the symptoms of melasma. Request an appointment online or call our Westerville office at 614-714-5746 or our Gahanna office at 614-441-4434.