Melasma: Causes, Treatment, and Prevention Strategies

Any skin condition that primarily affects the appearance of the face is commonly considered an urgent matter for cosmetically conscious patients. Melasma falls into that category. If you believe you have this skin issue, understand the causes and prevention methods. Treatments for melasma can be prescribed by Dr. Indira Misra-Higgins at the Beverly Hills Skin Care Institute in Beverly Hills, MI.

What Is Melasma and What Causes It?

Melasma is a skin condition that causes brown, dark, or bluish-gray patches to form on the skin. The blemishes most commonly appear on the face, neck, and sometimes on the arms. It is more common in women and patients who have darker complexions. There are a number of possible causes including pregnancy, reactions from some medications (such as birth control pills), hormone therapies, and too much exposure to UV rays from the sun. It could also be caused by genetics.

Treatment for Melasma

You don’t have to settle for having melasma patches on your skin. Help is available at the Beverly Hills Skin Care Institute in Beverly Hills, MI. They can help you narrow down the most likely cause and treat the skin condition. Treatments your dermatologist may suggest include:

  • Chemical peels.
  • Laser therapy.
  • Topical creams and gels like hydroquinone cream (a tyrosinase inhibitor), which halts the formation of melanin (dark areas on the skin).
  • Prescription skin care products that are gentler for the skin and that contain Vitamin C.

Prevention Strategies

The best course of action to manage melasma is to identify the reasons for the condition and take preventative measures. Prevention strategies to consider:

  • Stay out of direct sunlight and wear sunscreen whenever outdoors.
  • Consult your primary doctor about medications that may be causing a skin reaction.
  • Reduce screen time on computers and cellphones, as excessive exposure to LED lights can cause skin issues.
  • Try a different makeup brand, preferably one that is specifically formulated for sensitive skin.

A Dermatologist Can Help

Dr. Indira Misra-Higgins and her team at the Beverly Hills Skin Care Institute in Beverly Hills, MI, can help ease the symptoms of melasma and identify the possible cause. Call (248) 723-5802 today to schedule a consultation.

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