Our skin gets its color, or pigmentation, from melanin, which is produced by melanocyte cells. These cells also determine the shade of our eyes and hair. Under the effects of UV rays, it is possible for melanocytes to produce too much melanin. This is concerning on two levels, one is purely cosmetic, being the appearance of brown spots on the face or body, the other is the issue of melanoma skin cancer.
Brown spots may appear differently, and go by several names.
Melasma, which could also be called chloasma, may develop on the forehead, temples, or cheeks, causing brown blotches. These types of brown spots tend to develop with hormonal fluctuations, but may also have a genetic link. Pregnant women who develop melasma are said to have the "mask of pregnancy." Oral contraceptives as well as changes during menopause may also lead to brown spots.
Small, dark patches of skin on the aging skin are sometimes called age spots, or liver spots. Although these sound to be associated with age, they are more linked to years spent under the sun or other UV rays. These brown spots are usually seen on the backs of the hands, the forearms, and the face.
Brown spots can also develop from inflammation, which, to the skin, is trauma. Some of the common triggers of this type of discoloration includes acne, particularly cystic acne, and eczema or psoriasis.
Just as brown spots come in various forms, the Center for Dermatology and Cosmetic Laser Surgery offers several solutions. To experience brighter, more evenly toned skin, a skin rejuvenation program is needed. Our practitioners devise treatment plans based on a thorough skin evaluation and discussion of medical and lifestyle details.
Treatment of brown spots may include: Medical grade skin care products such as Obagi, Chemical peels, Microdermabrasion, IPL photo facial.
You deserve to feel great in your own skin. Contact the Center for Dermatology and Cosmetic Laser Surgery to address your skin concerns.
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