Melasma Unmasked: Shedding Light on Treatable Skin Condition

June 6, 2023

Melasma Unmasked: Shedding Light on Treatable Skin Condition

Melasma is a common chronic pigmentation disorder that primarily affects women, in which the body overproduces melanin, creating brown or gray-brown patches of pigment. This discoloration is also known as hyperpigmentation. 

What Causes Melasma? 

The exact cause of melasma is still unknown, but there are a number of factors that may trigger it including sun exposure, heat, skin trauma, genetics, and hormone changes due to pregnancy, birth control or hormone therapy. Hormonal changes during pregnancy and while taking birth control pills can increase the production of melanin, the pigment that gives skin its color, leading to hyperpigmentation. 

What are the Symptoms of Melasma?

Melasma is the appearance of brown or gray-brown patches on the face, typically on the forehead, cheeks, nose, and chin, but may also appear on areas of the body that are more often exposed to the sun. The patches aren’t painful and don’t cause any physical discomfort, but they can have an impact on the way you see yourself, and everyone should feel beautiful in their own skin. 

Is Melasma Treatable? 

While Melasma is not curable, there are several highly effective treatment options available for most people. 

If you’re concerned about Melasma, call or make an appointment with any of our board-certified dermatology providers at Paradise Dermatology. We will be happy to provide more information and guidance on the best treatment options for you because we want you to feel comfortable in, and love the skin you’re in.