Looking good is essential to feeling good. Do you have gray-brown spots appearing on your face? In addition to being annoying or frustrating, these spots can really put a dent in your confidence. The spots appearing on your skin may be a result of melasma.
What is Melasma?
Melasma is a skin condition that causes brown spots or patches to appear on the face, particularly the cheeks, nose, chin, upper lip, or forehead. However, these brown patches can also appear on the elbows and forearms.
What Causes Melasma?
There are several possible causes of melasma.
- Pregnancy – Often called “the pregnancy mask”
- Hormones (i.e. birth control pills, hormone replacement therapy)
- Sun exposure
Most cases of melasma occur in women during their reproductive years. Although rare, men can have melasma.
How is Melasma Treated?
Oftentimes, melasma can be treated with sunscreen and other forms of sun protection such as hats and protective clothing. In addition to sun protection and medicated creams, there are some in-office treatments available to you.
Your board-certified dermatologist will work closely with you to determine the best treatment for you. Your individual treatment plan will be suited to meet your specific needs.
If you’re ready to take the next step and start treating those pesky spots on your face, give our office a call today.
If your melasma is a result of pregnancy, sun exposure, or hormone therapy, you don’t have to settle for changing skin while everything around you is changing. Whether you’re getting ready for baby, experiencing postmenopausal skin changes, or simply frustrated by the appearance of spots of your face, don’t let your skin get you down. Life is stressful enough as it is!