Celibre, we understand that Melasma can be an extremely frustrating condition. That's why when we talk
to patients about our treatment programs, we are careful to set the expectation
that Melasma is a condition that is managed rather than cured.
If you have Melasma
(also called the “pregnancy mask") there are good treatment options,
but understanding that Melasma is a condition that needs to be diligently managed
is important to your success.
Melasma can best be described as “patches" of dark brown pigment (sometimes
refered to as brown spots) or blotches and results from a higher than normal accumulation
of melanin (the pigment in our skin). These dark patches occur most commonly on
the forehead, cheeks and neck. Although Melasma does not pose a serious health risk,
it is worsened by exposure to the sun, heat and humidity.
Melasma is a stubborn skin condition that can affect anyone. Melasma is seen most commonly in pregnant women, or women using oral contraceptives (thus the name
"pregnancy mask"), and especially those with darker skin types. It’s shown to be related to endocrine dysfunction, certain medications, certain nutritional deficiencies, and hepatic (liver) dysfunction.
The infrequency of Melasma in postmenopausal women on estrogen replacement suggests that estrogen alone is not the cause.
Sun exposure appears to be a stimulating factor in predisposed individuals. It is not proven to be hereditary.
The simplest way to protect against the further development of Melasma is to discontinue
the use of oral contraceptives and stay out of the sun. If you must be exposed to
the sun, make sure to use sunscreen with an SPF factor of at least 15. Use only
sunscreen that blocks UVA and UVB rays.
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Contact us now or come to one of our conveniently located Los Angeles or Orange
County offices for a free consultation. Our professional and courteous medical staff
will take the time to help you understand your melasma condition better and how our treatment
programs can help get rid of melasma.
Contact us today to schedule a FREE Melasma consultation!
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