Do you notice brown or grey patches on your facial skin and wish you could make them go away? If so, you are not alone. This common skin problem affects many people and is treatable with the help of your dermatologist. Learn more about melasma with Affiliated Dermatologists and Dermatologic Surgeons in Morristown, Mt. Arlington, Liberty Corner and Bridgewater, NJ.
What is melasma?
Melasma causes spots or patches, normally grey or brown in color, to appear on the facial skin. They most often affect the forehead and bridge of the nose, but can also appear above the upper lip, on the chin and on the cheeks. Women are more at-risk for melasma than men though both genders can develop the condition. While it is not completely clear what causes melasma, it is thought to be linked to sun exposure, an increase in the hormones found in birth control and stress.
Treating Melasma in Morristown, Mt. Arlington, Liberty Corner and Bridgewater
Many cases of melasma resolve themselves without external help. However, more stubborn cases may require the help of your dermatologist. Prescription medications or steroids to lighten the color of the skin may help even the skin’s tone. Dermabrasion, microdermabrasion and other dermatological treatments like chemical peels can also help even the skin tone.
Living With and Preventing Melasma
While this condition can be frustrating, there are ways to help you decrease its noticeability and prevent it from getting worse or coming back once cured. Wear a sun block with an SPF of at least 30 on any exposed areas of the skin, especially the face, neck and arms. Take the proper precautions against sun damage, such as wearing a wide-brimmed hat while in the sun and avoiding being outside at the times of the day when the sun is strongest.
For more information on melasma, please contact Affiliated Dermatologists and Dermatologic Surgeons in Morristown, Mt. Arlington, Liberty Corner and Bridgewater, NJ. Call to schedule your appointment for a consultation at any of the four locations today!