Frequently asked questions about melasma

At the Skin and Laser Surgery Center of New England, we see many patients throughout New Hampshire and Massachusetts who struggle with certain medical and cosmetic conditions on the face and body. One condition that can be troubling for patients is melasma. Melasma causes discoloration on the face that can increase in severity with heat exposure, sun exposure, and even hormonal changes. In fact, many women refer to melasma as the “mask of pregnancy” because of its prevalence during this time. It may also be referred to chloasma. This excessive production of melanin can be temporary or permanent. Our team is here to help patients get a proper diagnosis while finding a treatment that works for their needs.

 

Who is at risk of developing melasma?

 

Melasma can happen to any gender, age, and race. It is unknown if there is a genetic component to the condition or what triggers its development in one patient and not another.

What treatment options may be used to address melasma?

While melasma that develops during pregnancy will often remain until after childbirth, other cases may be treated or at least reduced in appearance with medications and lifestyle changes. Some treatment options for melasma that may be recommended by a dermatologist include:

  • High SPF sunscreens
  • Hydroquinone
  • Retinoids
  • Azelaic acid topical products
  • Skin lighteners/bleachers
  • Oral and topical antioxidants
  • Microdermabrasion
  • Chemical peels
  • Laser and light therapies

How long will melasma last?

For some patients, melasma is short-term and can be treated effectively, while other patients may experience this condition as a more chronic problem. During our evaluation, we can discuss the possibilities with a patient and make a treatment plan accordingly. 

Do you believe you are dealing with melasma?

Get a definitive diagnosis for your condition with the help of our team at the Skin and Laser Surgery Center of New England. We have three convenient locations throughout the areas of Nashua, Chelmsford, and Revere, and strongly encourage patients to take the time to learn all we have to offer in our state-of-the-art facility. Call one of our three locations today to request a consultation visit and initial evaluation with our providers.

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