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Melasma in Midland, TX

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What Is Melasma?

Melasma is a skin condition characterized by uneven patches of dark skin presenting on the face or arms. When melasma occurs during pregnancy it's referred to as Cholasma.  This is triggered by hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy, along with sun exposure.  These tan or brown patches usually occur evenly over the brow, cheeks, nose, or upper lip. Unlike other forms of hyperpigmentation, melasma has its own distinct causes usually related to hormonal changes, like pregnancy or menopause. Due to that reason, melasma is more frequently diagnosed in women. In addition, individuals with darker skin types are more prone to melasma compared to those with lighter complexions. The team at Basin Dermatology & Cosmetic Center regularly deals with melasma in Midland-Odessa TX patients and can provide several remedies aimed at minimizing the appearance of this condition.

How Is Melasma Identified and Treated?

Melasma is most commonly identified by discoloration or hyperpigmentation that occurs mostly around the face. Depending on the location, melasma can be categorized as centrofacial (around the chin, forehead, nose, cheeks, and upper lip), malar (around the upper cheekbones), or mandibular (along the jaw). The skin health experts at Basin Dermatology & Cosmetic Center will evaluate your condition and determine your risk factors, which can include skin tone, hormone fluctuations, family history, and any medications you're taking.

Melasma treatments at our Midland-Odessa TX facility may vary on a case-by-case basis, but there are many possibilities. A few common strategies to treat melasma are:

  • Topical ointments: Our practice may recommend hydroquinone cream of 2-12% to help reduce the production of pigment in your skin and/or tretinoin (retin-A), Triluma cream, Azelaic acid, Kojic acid, Cysteamine (Cyspera), Vitamin C, Tranexamic acid to resurface the complexion
  • Sunblock: To protect the skin from damaging sun rays, especially if the condition is caused by medication that makes the complexion more sensitive to UV light
  • Phototherapy: In more complex cases, intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy can reduce hyperpigmentation with minimal downtime, or newer Q switched lasers
  • Chemical Peels: Superficial chemical peels with HQ (hydroquinone) and resorcinol are used often
  • Hydrafacial:  facial treatments that infuse retinol and vitamin C
  • Discontinuing certain medications that affect hormones: A common example would be birth control, though our team will work with you to determine the risks and benefits

Whichever treatment is used, we advise taking extra precautions when it comes to sun protection and skin maintenance and use a high SPF sun block with titanium dioxide and/or zinc oxide.

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Effective Treatments for Melasma

If you find yourself spending extra time and money to conceal hyperpigmented skin, or if store-bought treatments aren't giving you the complexion you want, we invite you to reach out to Basin Dermatology & Cosmetic Center to schedule a skin exam and consultation. Melasma requires a unique diagnosis so the ideal treatment can be given. If the wrong treatment is implemented, the skin may become darker. To learn more about how our team diagnoses and treats melasma for individuals in Midland-Odessa TX, contact our practice today.

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