Melasma, also called chloasma, is a skin condition that affects more than 200,000 Americans each year. Melasma affects females more commonly than males due to frequent hormonal changes which take place during pregnancy. Because of this, you can expect the age affected by melasma is significantly higher, including ages from 19 to 60 years.

What is melasma?

Melasma is a skin condition that creates gray-brown or brown patches along the forehead, cheeks, nose and chin. It can be caused by pregnancy, sun exposure to skin and fluctuating hormonal changes. The most common symptom of melasma is noticeable darkening of the skin. Although It appears mostly in the facial region, it can happen anywhere on the body.

How do you treat melasma?

There are plenty of treatments for melasma, including self-care tactics to reduce your chances of worsening or developing melasma in the first place, such as sunscreen to protect your skin against harsh and damaging UV rays. There are also some medications which could be prescribed to you if you’re the right candidate, such as a Vitamin A derivative, steroids and depigmenting agents.

Learn more about melasma today.

We highly recommend you see a specialist, such as the dermatologists at Azeal Dermatology Institute to learn more about your case of melasma. Keep in mind, every case of melasma is different than the previous and the next. So, your treatment may differ from someone you know, etc. For more advice on melasma, feel free to give our experienced skin professionals a call or contact us by filling out a form here.