What is melasma and why is it called the “mask of pregnancy?”

Patients who have developed patches of gray, brown, or red on the skin may be dealing with a condition known as melasma. Melasma, medically known as chloasma, is a skin condition that can result in pigmentation changes. It occurs because the melanocytes, the cells in the skin that produce pigmentation, produce too much—creating patches of darker skin on the face. This condition impacts both men and women, but has been dubbed the “mask of pregnancy” because it can commonly occur in women who are pregnant. It is believed that the condition is connected to hormonal changes. Other triggers may include:

  • Fluctuations in hormones
  • The use of certain skin care products
  • Sun exposure
  • Birth control pills
  • Some medications
  • Harsh cosmetic products

Once the condition has developed, it can be difficult for patients to manage on their own. In many cases, patients who are diagnosed with melasma after a thorough physical examination can speak to the team at the Skin and Laser Surgery Center of New England to determine the best course of treatment for their needs.

What treatment options are available for melasma?

There is no “one size fits all” treatment for melasma because it varies dramatically from patient to patient, especially in the severity and the reaction to treatments. Some of the treatment options that may be recommended and attempted include:

  • Hydroquinone medication
  • Corticosteroids
  • Tretinoin
  • Skin lightening creams
  • Laser skin resurfacing
  • Chemical peels

To determine the best treatment, patients are urged to have an initial evaluation with the doctors at our practice to get a proper diagnosis. Then, the team can work with the patient to find an affordable and effective treatment that meets their needs and provides noticeable improvements to build self-confidence.

Call the Skin and Laser Surgery Center of New England to learn more about melasma treatment

If you are ready to feel more confident and beautiful in your own skin, we encourage you to take the time to book a consultation visit with our staff at one of our three conveniently located offices. We are dedicated to helping new and current patients in our practice address common skin and body concerns with today’s amazing technology.

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