|Melasma is a dark skin discoloration normally found on sun-exposed areas of the face. It is a very common skin disorder. Though it can affect anyone, young women with brownish skin tones are at greatest risk.Melasma is often associated with the female hormones estrogen and progesterone. It is especially common in pregnant women (often called the Mask of Pregnancy) women who are taking oral contraceptives, and women taking hormone replacement therapy.Melasma is effectively treated in our office utilizing crystal-free microdermabrasion, Intense Pulsed Light/BBL light therapy, ablative lasers and utilization of specific skincare products.
Sunblocks help to block the sun that darkens the spots. Bleaching agents such as hydroquinone and other botanical agents help to lighten the pigment. Retinoids help by blocking pigment transfer to the upper layers of the skin where they are visible. Finally, the ZO Medical Skin Care System includes all these factors to minimize age spots and concurrent sun damage.
Chemical and laser peels as well as microdermabrasion exfoliate or peel off age spots. BBL treatments remove pigment irregularities as well as persistent red lines often seen together in sun damaged skin.