Melasma | Cosmetic Medical Clinic

SKIN CONCERN:

Melasma

Melasma commonly appears as brown or shaded patches on the cheeks, forehead, nose and chin. The pigmentation is often caused by sun exposure, ageing, or hormonal changes during pregnancy.

SKIN CONCERN:

Melasma

Melasma commonly appears as brown or shaded patches on the cheeks, forehead, nose and chin. The pigmentation is often caused by sun exposure, ageing, or hormonal changes during pregnancy.

What is Melasma?

Melasma is a chronic skin disorder that results in freckle-like spots and large area of brownish facial patches, it is most prevalent on the face in areas like the forehead, chin, and above the lips. Melasma is sometimes separated into epidermal, dermal, and mixed types, depending on the depth and the colour of the pigment

What causes Melasma?

The pigmentation is due to overproduction of melanin by the pigment cells, melanocytes, which is taken up by the keratinocytes (epidermal melanosis) and deposited in the dermis (dermal melanosis, melanophages). There is a genetic predisposition to melasma, with at least one-third of patients reporting other family members to be affected. In most people, melasma is a chronic disorder.

DID YOU KNOW?

Melasma is rare in males, and is most common in women 20-50 years of age, especially those of Latin and Asian descents with naturally brown or tan skin complexions.

Its known triggers include sun exposure, internal hormonal changes during pregnancy, external hormones like birth control pills, and certain medications, scented or deodorant soaps, and cosmetics that may cause a phototoxic reaction that triggers melasma. If you would like to treat or correct your uneven skin tone, please speak to our laser specialists and medical doctor at Cosmetic Medical Clinic.

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