What Is Melasma and How Do You Treat It?

Many of us have heard of Melasma before, but we might not know exactly what it is. Melasma is considered to be a hypersensitivity to circulating estrogen in your skin, causing your pigment-producing cells (melanocytes) to overproduce melanin, resulting in brown staining.

Now that you know what Melasma is, you might be wondering how exactly you treat it. Unfortunately, Melasma can be a difficult condition to treat, because hormonal factors cause pigmentation to recur, even after successful treatment.

The mainstay of Melasma treatments include bleaching creams and light chemical peels, done once a month or once every 2 months. There is also some new research indicating that lose doses of Fraxel® or Nd:Yag laser treatments may control Melasma for up to 3-5 months. All of these treatments may control it, but once you stop them, the Melasma will recur.

Will you ask your cosmetic dermatologist about these treatments for Melasma at your next visit?

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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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