A common skin problem often associated with pregnancy hormones is melasma. When this skin condition develops, brownish-gray patches might appear on the forehead, nose, cheeks, chin, or on the upper lip. Though hormones do play a role in triggering these spots, which affect more women than men, sun exposure is also a factor. In some, melasma may appear on the neck or the forearms, areas that tend to get a lot of sun exposure.
Melasma cause unknown
Because women, especially those taking oral contraceptives, hormone replacement therapy, or those who are pregnant, are most commonly affected by melasma, it is thought that hormonal fluctuations are, in part, to blame for the development of spots. Heredity, as well, may predispose a person to this condition. Once they have developed, these dark patches of skin can become more pronounced when exposed to the sun.
Rejuvenated skin through personalized treatment
U.S. Dermatology Partners Plano, formerly Center for Dermatology and Cosmetic Laser Surgery, has several products and services that can be incorporated into a personalized treatment plan for the correction of dark spots. A variety of topical creams, all of which work in a different way, are employed for a comprehensive approach. Although often called “bleaching creams,” topical solutions do not contain bleach, nor do they “bleach” skin. Our clients may also benefit from medical grade chemical peels and Pixel laser treatment in some cases. Physical block sunscreens with zinc or titanium are part of any treatment program.
Customized treatment based on the severity of melasma typically produces a positive outcome. Optimal results might take a few months to accomplish with stringent compliance to physician’s orders. Maintaining this compliance ensures that your skin responds to the prescribed treatment and fewer side effects will be experienced.
Because of the nature of melasma, it might be necessary to continue with follow-up treatment after skin has been cleared of spots. Maintenance therapy can be quite beneficial as a complement to strict sun protection, keeping skin looking its best.
U.S. Dermatology Partners Plano, Center for Dermatology and Cosmetic Laser Surgery is equipped with the knowledge and technology to address your skin concerns. Contact us for your consultation today.