Melasma is a particularly stubborn type of chronic skin disorder that causes asymmetrical, blotchy, brownish pigmentation on the face. There is no cure for melasma, but there are treatments at Palo Alto Laser and Skin Care that can keep the discoloration to minimum therefore minimizing your stress about covering it on daily basis. Melasma is not dangerous, but it can lead to considerable embarrassment and distress. You may have heard melasma referred to as chloasma, but this term actually refers to green-toned skin, whereas melasma refers to brownish skin and is the preferred medical term.
The cause(s) of melasma is complex. All types of hyperpigmentation are caused by an overproduction of melanin by the pigment cells in your skin, or the melanocytes. This is true of melasma, brown spots, freckles, and moles. There is a genetic predisposition for melasma, with at least 33 percent of patients reporting that they have family members affected by melasma. It is a chronic condition for most people, though there are some melasma triggers that might cause it to only happen during certain life events—such as pregnancy. Melasma can be at the epidermal level, dermal level, or may be mixed, which is the most common presentation.
Some of the most common melasma triggers include:
Pregnancy: hormones are a factor in melasma, which is why those who are pregnant are particularly prone to this condition. Fortunately, the hyperpigmentation of melasma typically fades a few months after childbirth. However, you can speed up this process both during and after pregnancy with the help of a professional.
Hormone treatments: once again, hormones play a role in the development of melasma. Hormone treatments such as taking oral contraceptives, estrogen or progesterone treatments, hormone replacement therapy, and intrauterine devices (IUDs) containing hormones are an exacerbating factor in about 25 percent of women with melasma.
Hypothyroidism: low levels of the circulating thyroid hormone have been known to cause melasma.
The ideal melasma treatment for you will depend on numerous factors, and your provider will go over your options during an individualized consultation. Some of the most commonly used treatments for melasma include the VI Peel, microneedling, Clear + Brilliant, chemical peels, and topical prescription and non-prescription products.
Melasma Before & After
Individual results may vary, please schedule a complimentary consultation to discuss your aesthetic goals and we’ll put together a custom treatment plan that’s right for your skin.
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Skin Care For Melasma?
Palo Alto Laser & Skin Care offers exceptional Melasma treatment in Palo Alto using state-of-the-art technologies. Our team ensures personalized care, guiding you through a tailored treatment plan. With a commitment to your comfort and satisfaction, we invite you to schedule a consultation. Experience the difference as we help you achieve a clear, rejuvenated complexion.