Do you need an experienced provider who understands the diagnosis and management of melasma? At SkinMD in Hurst and Weatherford, TX, you can turn to our Skin MD team to minimize the appearance of this hyperpigmentation condition. Known also as chloasma, melasma patches can appear on the forearms and facial skin as tan or brownish spots. The facial patterns of melasma (on the mid-face, cheekbones, or jawbone) sets it apart from other skin conditions that present dark patches on the skin. It is believed that melasma is triggered by hormones or overexposure to the sun. Men and women of all ages and skin colors can develop melasma (especially women). Hormonal fluctuations during puberty, pregnancy, and menopause can impact any person prone to melasma surfacing on the skin. Our medical and aesthetic team at SkinMD regularly provide medical-grade skin care treatments, such as brightening facials, chemical peels, laser treatments and more to minimize the appearance of the condition. Call our office and schedule a skin assessment to find out how we can improve the look of your melasma situation.
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The dark spots from melasma may be caused or triggered by numerous factors, such as race, hormone fluctuations, family history of the condition, and certain medications that make the skin more vulnerable to discoloration following exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays. Excess sunlight exposure is regarded as a foremost cause of melasma, particularly in people with a hereditary predisposition to the condition.
Melasma is recognized by discoloration or hyperpigmentation mostly in the facial areas. There are three forms of facial patterns recognized in people with melasma: center of the face, on the cheekbones, and along the jawbone. When you have melasma on your mid-face, you may see darker pigmentation or hyperpigmentation on your cheeks, upper lip, nose, chin, and/or brow. Malar and mandibular patterns may be seen on the height of the cheekbones or along the jawline.
Your treatment options will be recommended to you based on your level of need. There are medical-grade topical ointments, lotions, and gels available to encourage skin lightening for melasma. You can come into our office in Hurst or Weatherford for skin care treatments such as chemical peels, microneedling, laser skin resurfacing, or intense pulsed light therapy (IPL). There are also melasma skin care routines you can use at home daily that we can discuss to help you get the most out of your treatment.
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Are you fed up with attempting to conceal melasma with costly store-bought remedies and cosmetics that do not cover that well? Then, our team encourages you to contact us to schedule an appointment at either SkinMD office in Hurst or Weatherford, TX. We can diagnose and assist you in the management of your melasma for a fantastic outcome.