What is Melasma?

Melasma is a relatively common skin condition especially in patients of color. Not much is known about what causes it, but it occurs most often in women between 20 and 50 years of age. The typical melasma patient experiences dark, tanned looking patches of skin appearing on the face in a symmetrical pattern – that is, appearing on both sides of the face in the same places. These patches are not painful or irritating, but they can be distressing to see. Women of ethnic backgrounds who have naturally darker skin tones are more likely to experience melasma, as are pregnant women and women on birth control hormones. Doctor Aspacio has spent years of his life in the study of ethnic skin conditions, and is uniquely placed to help patients with melasma.

Causes and Treatments

Although the causes of melasma is unknown, there are multiple modalities that may alleviate the condition. The cornerstone of therapy is sun protection. One should use sunblock/sunscreen on a daily basis because sun exposure exacerbates melasma. Medical therapies include topical medications, chemical peels, and laser.

Schedule an appointment with the team at Summerlin Dermatology to determine the right treatment for you.

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