Tips for Preventing

Oct 14, 2016 - By Dr. Martin Kassir

Melasma is a common localized hyperpigmentation skin condition. It is caused by overproduction of pigment in the skin, typically in women resulting from hormonal changes and/or pregnancy, birth control pills, and sun exposure. It appears patchy and is most often found on the cheekbones, nose, and forehead. Certain measures may be taken to help prevent and treat Melasma in Dallas.

Melasma is not totally preventable, but there are steps that can reduce its severity:

  • Use sunscreen EVERYDAY! Sunlight is one of the main triggers. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF 30 or higher.
  • Wear a broad-brimmed hat to avoid sun exposure to the more susceptible areas of the face.
  • Use gentle skin care products that do not irritate the skin.
  • Avoid most laser treatments to affected areas. This may cause more hyperpigmentation or even hypopigmentation.

Treatment for Melasma:

  • Topicals can help reduce the over production of pigment in the skin cells.
  • Microdermabrasion treatments exfoliate the top layer of skin cells reducing the appearance of Melasma.
  • Microneedling with an infusion of a lightening solution can be a very effective way of treating Melasma. 

If treated properly, Melasma can be well controlled, and eventually patients can be on maintenance therapy.