Melasma is a common skin condition where patches of skin on the face turn brown. The most commonly affected areas are the cheeks, bridge of the nose, forehead, and upper lip. Melasma mostly affects women who have naturally darker skin tone. Causes include exposure to ultraviolet light and hormonal changes resulting from pregnancy or birth control. This is a condition Dr. Skellchock, MD, FAAD, PA understands since she had this in her 30’s when taking birth control pills.
Treatments for melasma include:
- Physical Sunblock
- Avoidance of Any Irritating Cleansers, Creams or Makeup Products
- Change or Discontinuation of Birth Control
- Bleaching Creams including Hydroquinone
- Chemical Peels
- Laser treatment with 532nm wavelength
Treatment by Dr. Skellchock, MD, FAAD, PA often improves the appearance of melasma and prevents future recurrence.