Melasma is an extremely common skin disorder that affects over 5.5 million women in the United States alone. While it is not a dangerous condition, many women become unhappy with the appearance of their skin after developing melasma.
What Exactly is Melasma?
Melasma is a medical condition that results in brown and gray patches of skin. For the vast majority of patients, these cosmetic issues take place on the forehead, jawline, and cheeks. Over 90 percent of patients who are diagnosed with this disorder are women between the ages of 20 and 50.
Men have been diagnosed with melasma, but it is very rare. This is because one of the biggest contributing factors of this condition is fluctuating hormones. Patients with darker skin and those who are pregnant also have a higher risk of developing melasma.
The only way that a patient can reduce their risk of melasma is to limit their sun exposure. In addition to using sunblock, you should also stay out of the sun during the hottest parts of the day. Patients who are worried about this condition might want to speak to our doctor about the medication they are taking.
Any medication that affects one’s hormones could result in melasma. Unfortunately, there is no surefire way to avoid this pervasive skin condition.
Is It Dangerous?
Even though melasma is a cosmetic concern for many patients, it is typically not dangerous. These discolored patches of skin are the result of one’s body producing large amounts of melanin. This is the same substance that causes freckles and deep tans.
That being said, patients who notice any unusual changes to their skin’s color should immediately request a biopsy. This is especially important for those who have lighter skin and hair.
Professional Treatment Options
For mild cases, our medical professional might suggest making some basic lifestyle changes. This includes protecting your skin from the sun at all times. In limited cases, over-the-counter products have been used to successfully lighten melasma and restore a patient’s natural skin tone.
For advanced cases, however, patients will most likely need a comprehensive treatment plan including laser therapy. Laser therapy has many benefits, including no downtime and long-term results.
Consult with the Professionals
If you are considering melasma treatment, then come in for a consultation at MacMed Spa, with locations in Milford, Framingham, and Hopedale. We can help you determine the right treatment option for your unique situation. Contact us today to schedule your appointment to learn more.