It is common for men and women to confuse sun damage with melasma both conditions involve pigmentation on the face. Despite the similarities in pigmentation, melasma and sun damage are actually quite different. The source of the discoloration is the major difference between the two-melasma and sun damage. For example, melasma, caused by pigmentation (melanocytes) generated in response to hormonal fluctuations and related to hormonal changes such as pregnancy, menopause, oral contraceptives, etc., is considered chronic, and has no cure. The idea behind melasma treatment is to control and suppress the formation of new-pigmented cells thereby minimizing the appearance of dark patches on the skin. One of the challenges in treating melasma is that is can occur in the dermis or deep skin layer. Because the condition can be rooted deep in the skin, the condition can sometimes be resistant to treatment.
Many women who are pregnant have a skin disorder called melasma, also called the “mask of pregnancy.” This skin rash typically appears around the mouth and cheek areas, and the level of discoloration ranges from light brown to dark grey. While the cause of melasma is still unknown, there are some treatment options available to reduce its appearance. Here are some of the latest treatment options available for individuals with melasma:
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