Discover Clear Skin with Board-Certified Melasma Treatment at Westerville Dermatology
What is Melasma?
Melasma is a chronic skin condition characterized by patches of discoloration and uneven facial pigmentation. These patches are generally brown or blue-gray, or appear as freckle-like spots on the skin.
While melasma can show up on any part of the body, especially on sun-exposed areas, it is most common on the bridge of the nose, forehead, cheeks, chin, upper lip, and jawbone.
Additionally, melasma is far more common in women than men, with men accounting for only 10% of all melasma cases, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. And people with darker skin, such as those of Latin/Hispanic, African-American, Asian, and Indian descent, are more likely to get melasma.
Furthermore, though this common skin problem poses no risk to one’s health and does not cause uncomfortable symptoms, it may impact a person’s overall self-esteem, which is why many of our patients seek out melasma treatment in Westerville, OH.
Are you interested in learning more about melasma and how our board-certified dermatologists treat melasma at Westerville Dermatology? Read through our comprehensive FAQs section to get a better understanding of this common skin condition.
Melasma typically shows up on the skin as brown or blue-gray patches, or freckle-like spots. The patches and spots are often darker than the normal surrounding skin color and appear symmetrical, with matching marks on both sides of the face.
Melasma is typically a long-lasting, chronic skin condition. While it may go away or fade on its own, melasma is often permanent. However, depending on the person and the extent of the condition, melasma may be improved with professional treatment, such as lasers or chemical peels.
Melasma typically has no physical symptoms and the affected skin does not itch, burn, or cause physical discomfort.
While a genetic predisposition may play a major factor in the development of melasma, especially when we know it is more common in people with a family history of the condition, researchers have come to the conclusion that melasma is not hereditary.
Melasma is a form of hyperpigmentation. The main difference between these two common skin conditions, and what separates melasma from hyperpigmentation, is the primary cause.
Melasma is a specific skin condition often related to hormonal changes within the body, while hyperpigmentation is a general term for skin discoloration that’s often triggered by frequent exposure to UV rays (i.e. the sun or tanning beds).
At Westerville Dermatology, our melasma treatments include prescription topicals, in-office cosmetic procedures, and at-home recommendations. With regards to cosmetic procedures, we often recommend the following to patients as a melasma treatment:
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Find Clear, More Even Skin with Melasma Treatment in Westerville, OH
Are you ready to address your melasma with effective treatment at Westerville Dermatology? Our board-certified dermatologists are experts in skin care and deeply understand how to use advanced technology and medicine to help patients find clear skin. Get in touch with our clinic in Westerville, OH, today to learn more about our personalized melasma treatment plans.