Treatments for skin conditions, such as Melasma, are often less costly at a MedSpa compared to a Physician’s office. With that said, it is extremely important that you do your research and truly find an aesthetic or cosmetic service provider or MedSpa backed by high ratings and experience for the treatment that you seek.
What is Melasma?
Per the American Academy of Dermatology, “Melasma (muh-LAZ-muh) is a common skin problem. It causes brown to gray-brown patches on the face. Most people get it on their cheeks, bridge of their nose, forehead, chin, and above their upper lip. It also can appear on other parts of the body that get lots of sun, such as the forearms and neck.”
What causes Melasma?
The cause of Melasma is still a mystery to the medical community. It is thought to occur when melanocytes—the skin’s color-making cells—produce too much color. Individuals with darker skin are more prone to melasma because they have more active melanocytes compared to those with fair skin.
Though it’s not clear what the cause of Melasma is, there does seem to be some clear triggers, which include:
- Hormone changes: Hormone replacement therapy and birth control pills can trigger Melasma. Melasma also occurs in pregnant women. When this happens, it’s call the mask of pregnancy, or chloasma.
- Sun exposure: Melasma is often worse in the summer because the sun, or the ultraviolet light from the sun, rather, stimulates melanocytes. Just a small amount of sun exposure can increase melasma after treatment has faded it.
- Cosmetics: Cosmetic products that irritate the skin can make melasma worse.
Many treatments “prescribed” for Melasma actually MAKE IT WORSE!
Unfortunately, many are prescribed a treatment regimen that includes lasers that actually make the condition worse. For example, Photofacials and BBLs (also known as IPLs) are often used to treat melasma, but typically make the dark spots darker. This is why you want to make sure you’re working with a provider who has a track record of success when it comes to treating melasma.
What DOES work to treat Melasma?
At DermaTouch RN, we’ve had a lot of success in treating melasma with the Sciton Halo, Cynosure’s PicoSure laser, and a combination of skin care products. It’s also important to protect the skin with a high SPF sunscreen when in the sun.
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Contact us at 281-895-9090 to schedule your free consultation to discuss how we can help you treat melasma today.