Melasma, also known as chloasma, is a type of hyperpigmentation that is often triggered by fluctuating hormones. Also known as “the mask of pregnancy”, it’s more commonly found in women and manifests as brown patches on the face, along the cheese, nose, forehead, chin, and upper lip. Dr. Dolder at Greenwich Point Dermatology in Greenwich, CT, helps develop a treatment protocol that reduces discoloration, leaving your complexion brighter and more luminous.
What causes melasma?
Hormonal changes and sunlight exposure form ultraviolet (UV) radiation can cause hyperactivity of the melanocytes, the pigment-producing cells in our body. Women with darker skin are even more likely to develop the condition.
What are my treatment options for melasma?
Often, melasma can resolve on its own once hormones stabilize. For those who continue to suffer from patchiness, there are a number of options.
Treatment options include:
- topical lotions and creams
- vitamin C serums
- chemical peels
- light and laser treatments and therapies
Dr. Dolder assesses the severity of your melasma and whether you’re pregnant or breastfeeding as to the best options for brightening your skin.