Chicago skin care professionals at NIMA Skin institute treat several medical and cosmetic skin conditions. One is Melasma, which is a dark pigmentation of the skin found in sun exposed areas like the cheeks, forehead and chin. Melasma is more common with women but affects men as well. It is believed to be caused by hormonal changes, which makes it even more prevalent among pregnant women. Excessive exposure to sunlight is known to trigger Melasma which means it’s more of a threat during the summer in Chicago. Skin care conditions are known to cause self esteem issues especially when dealing with facial imperfections. You may want to learn more about your condition prior to seeking treatment. Here are a few things you should know about Melasma prior to contacting your Chicago medical dermatology professionals.
What is Melasma?
Melasma is a very common discoloration of facial skin prevalent in women during their reproductive years and during times of hormonal change.
Who is more prone to Melasma?
Generally young women with darker skin who are exposed to excessive sunlight, those who take birth control pills, pregnant women, and peri-menopausal women are among the majority of Melasma patients.
What causes Melasma?
Although the exact cause of Melasma is unknown, certain factors such as excessive exposure to sunlight, birth control pills, pregnancy and hormone replacement therapy have been known to trigger Melasma.
How can Melasma be prevented?
There may not be a way to completely prevent Melasma, but doctors suggest sun protection with sunblock and use of hats and in some cases discontinuation of birth control pills.
How is Melasma treated?
There are a variety of suggested treatments for Melasma including sun protection, prescription bleaching agents, and adjuvant microdermabrasion or chemical peels.
The treatment method for Melasma varies case by case and should be determined by a skin care professional. If you have any questions regarding Melasma feel free to call (312)266-NIMA (6462) and set up an appointment for a consultation today.