What is Melasma

Also referred to as “pregnancy mask,” melasma can occur at any age but is most commonly seen on women during their reproductive years. Women who have darker or olive skin also frequently experience melasma, and it can also occur in men, but in fewer instances. Characterized by patches of brown pigmentation on the skin, melasma can develop on the cheeks, chin, forehead, and upper lip of women who are anywhere from age 20-50. We have multiple treatments available to help reduce the appearance of this skin condition without invasive procedures or downtime.


Melasma Causes

There are a few reasons why melasma may show up on your skin. Melasma commonly occurs in pregnant women, which is why it’s often called the “mask of pregnancy.” When melasma occurs in the non-pregnant population, the onset can be caused by beginning a new birth control pill, stress, thyroid disease, and continual overexposure to the sun.

Pregnancy Melasma
As we mentioned above, melasma is referred to as “the mask of pregnancy” because of how often this skin condition occurs in pregnant women. When you become pregnant, your body begins making more estrogen to support the pregnancy, and melasma sometimes occurs as a reaction of normal pigment cells to that hormone.

Sun Exposure and Melasma
Because exposure from the sun creates more brown pigment in your skin (hence why you get a tan from being outdoors), even normal amounts of sun exposure can exacerbate or cause melasma in your skin.


How is Melasma Treated

Melasma skin discoloration can be challenging to reduce without damaging or irritating the skin. For effective melasma treatments, we often recommend our patients start using a medical grade SPF and skincare to reduce the skin’s vulnerability to harmful rays and to help correct and lighten the appearance. After we have assessed your melasma in person we may also recommend starting with Peels, Microneedling and a HQ Skincare program.



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Can Melasma be permanently cured?

Melasma can be permanently removed as long as there are no hormonal imbalances that will trigger a Melasma reoccurrence. Combined with adequate sun protection, such as protective clothing, sun screen with a high SPF, and limiting the time spent in direct sunlight, you can prevent the return or persistence of Melasma.