We are pleased to introduce our new treatment system for melasma, Dermaceutic® in-office peel and at-home skin care products, made by PrecisionMD® (www.precisionmdskin.com). Melasma is a condition characterized by brown patches of varying intensity covering variable percentages of the face. It is generally thought that these brown patches, which can be unsightly but harmless, are caused by an increased sensitivity of the melanocytes (cells which produce brown pigment in the skin) to hormone therapy (i.e. birth control pills) or the body’s own circulating estrogen. While melasma currently has no “cure,” it can be controlled with various “skin-bleaching” creams and peels until the melanocytes lose their sensitivity to estrogen, or estrogen levels themselves drop naturally with age. The cornerstone ingredient of “skin-bleaching” agents has been the ingredient Hydroquinone (HQ), most commonly marketed in the US as TriLuma® and Lustra®, in prescription-strength HQ 4% preparations. Unfortunately, it is not advisable to use HQ if/when pregnant and/or breastfeeding–often when melasma can start or be at its worst. (That is why melasma has been commonly called “the mask of pregnancy”.) The Dermaceutic® peels and skin care line utilize only fruit acids, vitamins and herbal extracts, with good clinical results. Also, they are safe to use during pregnancy and while breastfeeding. So if you are pregnant, considering pregnancy or are breastfeeding and suffer from melasma, come in for a consultation. Finally, there is something we can do about it!
Also, in the past few months, we have seen all of the prescription HQ products being pulled from drugstore shelves for an FDA “re-review,” for unclear reasons,probably relating to legal disputes among the manufacturers. Therefore, these non-HQ Dermaceutic® products are also currently the best bet for all patients with melasma, regardless of pregnancy status or age, since they are among the only effective complete product lines available to us in the US, at least for now. Again, call us for a consultation if your brown spots have been bothering you!
The above does not constitute medical advice. Please see your local physician if you are having any sort of medical problem.
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