Melasma is a medical condition that causes dark spots or patches, usually in visible locations that are sun-exposed. Although the exact cause of melasma is unknown, there are several known triggers. Hormones (examples include pregnancy and the birth control pill), sun, and heat are potent triggers.

Melasma can be troublesome to the patient for cosmetic reasons, especially when it affects certain areas, such as the upper lip. Dark staining on the upper lip can resemble a moustache, and this can be very disturbing to a female patient.

Men also can be affected negatively by the marks of melasma.

The staining of melasma doesn’t directly result in medical issues, but the cosmetic issues can be distressing enough that patients seek professional advice to improve it.

Melasma can be treated in numerous ways, including the use of topical creams and gels. This can help reduce the appearance and fade the pigmentation over time. Chemical peels can also be used to help even out the skin tone and reduce the appearance of the pigmentation.

In order to receive treatment for melasma, patients should visit the providers at Unique Dermatology for a complete consultation and examination to determine the best solution for the individual. Everyone’s melasma is different and reacts differently to treatment, so the providers at Unique Dermatology can develop a treatment plan that fits the patient’s lifestyle and budget. The goal is to help reduce the skin condition to the point where the patient can feel better about the way they look.

Prevention is important. Wearing sunscreen and following a healthy skin care regimen is essential for ensuring you are doing your best to protect your skin from the elements. Every skin care regimen should include the minimization of sun exposure, and the use of sunscreen daily.

The providers of Unique Dermatology provide treatments and procedures for numerous skin conditions and disorders. Call Unique Dermatology,  today and take charge of your skin!