Melasma appears as dark patches on sun exposed areas, like the face and neck. It can be distressing to both women and men. Our board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Ife Rodney, MD, FAAD specializes in the treatment of skin discoloration in Columbia MD and surrounding areas. Treatments include microneedling, creams, chemical peels, microdermabrasion, laser treatment, skin resurfacing and more.
This common skin problem causes dark patches to appear on the face, especially the forehead, nose and cheeks. Other areas that are frequently exposed to the sun, like your neck and arms, may also be affected.
While melasma is not itchy are painful, many people choose to seek treatment because the discolored patches affect their appearance and self-confidence.
While most cases are seen in women between the ages of 20 – 50 years, men make up about 10% those affected. Because it is more common in women who are pregnant or taking birth control pills, many experts believe that this condition may be related to hormonal changes. Other factors that increase your risk of getting melasma include sun exposure, having a relative with melasma, and darker skin.
Melasma occurs when your body overproduces the pigment that gives your skin its color. This is due to genetic predisposition, sun exposure or hormonal changes, like during pregnancy.
The first step in treatment involves using a broad-spectrum sunscreen, as well as protective clothing and a hat. Because sun exposure is a trigger, sun protection is key. Remember that some sunscreens are better than others at preventing skin discoloration. Your dermatologist can help you choose the right sunscreen for you.
In addition to sunscreens, the team at Eternal Dermatology offers several treatment options, including:
Chemical peels gently exfoliate the top layers of your skin to reveal more even tone and texture. They also stimulate collagen deeper in the skin, resulting in younger, firmer skin.