What is Melasma?
It is a common skin problem. The condition causes dark, discolored patches on your skin. The condition is much more common in women than men, though men can get it too.
How do diagnose Melasma?
There are imagining technology that can be utilized to diagnose most patients and to see how deeply the melasma penetrates the skin.
How to treat melasma?
Melasma may fade on its own. This usually happens when a trigger, such as a pregnancy or birth control pills, causes the melasma. When a woman delivers her baby or stops taking the birth control pills, melasma may fade.
However, some people have melasma for years, or even a lifetime. If the melasma does not go away or a woman wants to keep taking birth control pills, melasma treatments are available. These include:
- Hydroquinone:This medicine is a common first treatment for melasma. It is applied to the skin and works by lightening the skin. You will find hydroquinone in medicine that comes as a cream, lotion, gel, or liquid. This may not work all the time.
- Tretinoin and corticosteroids:This medicine may be tretinoin or a corticosteroid. Sometimes a medicine contains three medicines (hydroquinone, tretinoin, and a corticosteroid) in one cream. This is often called a triple cream.
- Picoway Laser Procedures:The best option is to use a laser called Pico technology that is very effective and if combined with medical grade peel, the results are impeccable. The procedure must be customized as each patient is different than the other. The unique picosecond laser technology of PicoWay removes benign pigment spots including freckles, solar lentigines (brown spots on face), and melasma. PicoWay is a safe, effective treatment option for any skin type, and offers results in just a few treatments
Under a trained professional care, many people with melasma have a good outcome. Melasma can be stubborn, though. It may take a few months of treatment to see improvement. It is important to follow your provider advice. This ensures that you get the most benefit from treatment. It also can help avoid skin irritation and other side effects.
After your melasma clears, you may need to keep treating your skin. Your provider may call this maintenance therapy. Maintenance therapy can prevent melasma from returning. You can help prevent your melasma from returning by wearing sunscreen and a wide-brimmed hat every day.
What is Next?
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