Melasma

What is melasma?
Also known as the mask of pregnancy, or chloasma, melasma is a skin condition that presents as brown or tan (darker than normal) patches on the face.

What causes melasma?
Although it can affect anyone, melasma is particularly common in women, especially pregnant women and those who are taking oral contraceptives or hormone replacement therapy (HRT) medications. People with darker skin and those who have a blood relative who had melasma also are much more likely to get melasma. It is not completely understood why color producing pigment cells (melanocytes) over-produce more than necessary, in random areas of skin. Some known risk factors include:

How do we treat melasma?

What can I expect?
With each treatment, skin discoloration from Melasma fades and several repeated treatments are usually necessary to achieve desired results. Avoiding the sun is critical.

Have a question about your treatment?
We have a dedicated triage nurse (RN) who answers patient questions during office hours. If you have a problem or question about a procedure or a prescribed medication, please call our office and ask to speak to our nurse. If she is unable to answer your question, she will consult with your practitioner and return your call.