For the month of May and in honor of Mother’s Day, we are focusing on melasma, a skin condition that overwhelmingly affects women. Melasma exhibits itself as light-to-dark brown areas of pigmentation on the face, forehead, cheeks, & nose. It can also appear on the neck and forearms. Melasma is a skin condition that is more prevalent in sunny climates.

Causes of Melasma

There are several common causes of this condition:

  • Sun exposure/tanning beds
  • Genetics
  • Hormonal changes
  • Hormonal medications such as the contraceptive pill
  • Pregnancy-known as “the mask of pregnancy”

Melasma is a benign condition that usually becomes more noticeable in the summer and improves in the winter.  It is cosmetically unattractive but not a health concern:

  • not contagious
  • not an allergic reaction
  • not cancerous and will not turn into cancer

Covering Melasma is Difficult

Because Melasma is generally located on the face, it can cause distress. Every woman strives to have good skin coloring and a clear complexion.  When Melasma appears, many individuals try to cover it with large amounts of makeup which can be as aesthetically unappealing as the condition.

Diagnosing This Common Condition

Dr. Timani, an experienced dermatologist, is an expert at treating Melasma and other skin conditions. After discussing your concerns, she will thoroughly examine your skin to help her make a diagnosis and set up a comprehensive treatment plan to address your condition.

Diagnosing the depth and identifying the extent of melasma is important when it comes to developing a targeted treatment plan. To do determine the depth of the pigmentation, Dr. Timani use a special lamp called a Wood’s Light.  The results of the light scan help Dr. Timani propose an individualized treatment plan.

Treating Melasma

Treatment could include topical medications such as tretinoin and hydroquinone.  Lasers, chemical peels, and microdermabrasion procedures can also be recommended. Another effective treatment is microneedling with PRP.  The platelet-rich plasma is separated from your own blood and applied after microneedling for deep penetration. This boosts and accelerates healing and cell regrowth. The exfoliation factor of all of these procedures removes the unwanted pigment and encourages cell rejuvenation and collagen growth.  There are a number of effective treatments for melasma.  Make an appointment today to experience a melasma-free complexion and brighter, clearer, smoother skin.

To encourage women and moms to make the first step toward better skin tone and clearer complexions, we are extending a 10% discount towards any cosmetic treatment for melasma when you present this article in our office.   Aesthetics have come a long way and looking better can renew your self-confidence and improve your outlook on life.

Consultations may be covered by your insurance, so call our office at 770-771-6591 to set up your appointment today. Johns Creek Dermatology is conveniently located to serve individuals in the Johns Creek area including Milton, Roswell, Duluth, and Cumming.