It’s so frustrating to stare into the mirror at a dark spot on our face and feel helpless to do anything about it. We try to cover it up, but no amount of make-up can force the dark spot on our face—and self-esteem—to disappear for good. What we need is a dermatologist-approved solution strong enough to fade the blemish so we’re not forced to live with it. We can help with that!
What Exactly is Melasma?
Melasma is a common skin condition. Areas of concentrated pigmentation leave dark spots on the face. Although women get it the most, it also affects men. It often begins during middle-age and has many causes.
Blame The Sun
Radiation from the sun damages skin and makes it overproduce pigmentation in select areas on the face, especially the cheeks and forehead. These spots are typically darkest during the summer. They fade as sun exposure decreases in the winter, although they never completely vanish without treatment.
Hormones Play a Role, Too
Hormones are responsible for some types of melasma, especially in expectant mothers who can develop “pregnancy mask.” These blotchy patches of color are usually symmetrical and most commonly found on the cheeks. In addition to childbirth, melasma can also be caused by hormonal birth control and hormone replacement therapy.
Melasma Is Not Dangerous
We don’t need to worry about melasma developing into cancer. Fortunately, this skin condition needs medical attention for aesthetic reasons only. It requires medical-grade products that can fade the pigmented areas, so they blend in better with our natural skin and give us a more even complexion.
There’s Hope For Dark Spots
Melasma fades under the guidance of West Dermatology’s board-certified doctors. They can prescribe the top-of-the line skincare products and high-tech lasers we need for blemish-free skin.
Skin Care Products That Lighten Melasma
A real improvement from melasma symptoms comes from using medical-grade products. Our shop carries West Dermatology Skin Tone Enhancement Therapy Pads, Skinceuticals Discoloration Defence, and SkinMedica Lytera 2.0 Pigment Correcting Serum. It’s important to get a dermatologist's professional opinion on which of these products is most effective for our skin condition.
It’s a Stubborn Skin Condition
Skincare products are the first recommended treatment for melasma. This skin condition is known to be stubborn and often takes several rounds of treatment before patients see the dramatic results they hope for. It’s important to stay motivated and committed to the treatment plan your dermatologist prescribes.
Dermatology Procedures Also Fade Dark Spots
Our skin experts at West Dermatology offer procedures to lighten melasma spots. These include chemical peels, microdermabrasion, dermabrasion, light-based procedures and lasers.
Melasma Is High-Maintenance
Once your skin spots lighten, you’ll need to keep up with the skincare or procedure regimen your dermatologist recommended. There is, unfortunately, no cure for melasma. This may sound disappointing, but the good news is that this skin condition can be improved and kept in check with regular maintenance.
The best thing you can do for your melasma is to schedule an appointment
with one of our friendly dermatologists. They’ll take a look at your skin and recommend the best melasma-fading products our shop has to offer
, and fill you in on the latest in-office procedures for even-looking skin.