Melasma is characterized by brown to gray-brown patches on the face that can occur in any individual. The condition does not impact overall health even if left untreated, but it can negatively impact self-esteem and emotional and psychological well-being.
Who Are At Risk?
Although anyone can be affected by melasma, this condition is more common among females and individuals of color, affecting 4 out of 10 women and 2 out of 10 men in Southeast Asia. Other risk factors are a history of melasma in close relatives, the presence of thyroid disease, and excessive sun exposure. Additionally, home use peeling kits can increase an individual’s chances of developing melasma.
What Causes It?
This skin condition is mainly triggered by hormonal fluctuations. Because of this, it is commonly observed in pregnant women. Sun exposure is another factor that worsens the condition.
What You Can Do
Melasma itself cannot be cured, but there are topical creams, lotions, and gels available that can help make dark patches fade. It is also advisable for you to wear sunblock to keep dark patches from worsening or spreading. Individuals may also opt for peels, microdermabrasion, or lasers to remove hyperpigmented skin cells. Our dermatologists at Skin MD can present to you a selection of treatments and help you find the best solution to restore your skin. Available treatments include Elos skin rejuvenation, which evens out your skin tone aside from reversing the effects of aging, and world-class depigmentation peel Cosmelan.
Achieve an Even Skin Tone
Allow our dermatologists to work with you and make those dark patches fade. The right treatment goes beyond the surface--leaving you more confident with a flawless and even complexion.