Have shadow-like patches of pigmentation suddenly appeared on your skin? You may be experiencing a skin disorder commonly known as pregnancy mask or melasma.
Melasma manifests as light to dark brown patches of pigment that may appear on the upper lip, along the cheek bones, forehead and chin. Initially, melasma may resemble a large area of freckling . It is affected by hormonal fluctuations and sun exposure.
Melasma is commonly triggered by a combination of estrogen and sun exposure. Pregnancy, birth control medications, hormone replacement therapy, photosensitizing medications and a family history of melisma can also be triggers. Most commonly, melasma is experienced by women.
Melasma is a lifelong condition. Treatment helps to manage and reduce visible symptoms of skin darkening. Sun avoidance, diligent use of sunscreen with an SPF > 50 throughout the year and applying medical grade skincare with ingredients focused on inhibiting melanin production , such as Discoloration Defence, are essential to managing melasma. Melasma must be treated with gentle, expert care and requires an approach which differs from photoaging related pigmentation. Cutis provides specialized procedures such as fractional laser resurfacing with the Fraxel® re:store DUAL or a series of chemical peels or Clear and Brilliant laser to address melasma safely and effectively. To learn about your best treatment options, schedule a consultation and treatment today.
DISCLAIMER: Individual outcomes, results and number of treatments recommended may vary based on individual patient needs, medical history, and circumstances. Cutis Cosmetic & Laser Centre cannot guarantee exact or permanent results or cures.