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Melasma

Board-Certified Melasma Treatment in Westerville & Gahanna, OH

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Melasma

Board-Certified Melasma Treatment in Westerville & Gahanna, OH

MELASMA

What is Melasma?

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:

  • Hormonal changes due to pregnancy
  • Changes due to hormonal contraceptive use
  • Hormone replacement therapy (HRT)
  • Genetic predisposition
  • Thyroid disease
  • Stress

Heat and sun exposure may trigger or exacerbate melasma. Preventive measures include using sun protection or avoiding direct sunlight.

Melasma Symptoms

Melasma symptoms include discoloration in the form of brown or gray-brown patches that may appear on the following areas of the face: 

  • Forehead
  • Cheeks
  • Upper lip
  • Nose
  • Chin
  • Jawbone

Melasma may also rarely occur on the forearms.

TREATMENT

Melasma Treatment at the Center for Surgical Dermatology & Dermatology Associates

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:

  • Topical creams that lighten the skin
  • Topical steroids
  • Chemical peels
  • Specific laser procedures

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.

EXAMPLES

Melasma Photos

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