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What is Melasma?

Melasma, also referred to as chloasma, happens when irregular patches of dark skin appear on the face. These tan or brownish spots generally occur evenly on the forehead, nose, cheeks, or upper lip. The appearance of melasma distinguishes it from other conditions that cause dark patches on the skin. Melasma is a common, frustrating condition found more often in women. It may be due to sun damage or from hormonal changes, such as with menopause and pregnancy. People who have darker skin types are more likely to experience melasma than those with lighter complexions. Our dermatology team treats melasma regularly at OneSkin Integrative Dermatology in Chambersburg, PA where we offer a number of remedies that may minimize the appearance of this condition.

What Causes Melasma?

The specific source of melasma remains unknown. Specialists think that the dark patches in melasma might be multifactorial, including hormone fluctuations, genetics, race, along with medications that make the skin more susceptible to discoloration following exposure to ultraviolet light (anti-seizure drugs and others). Uncontrolled sunlight exposure is recognized as the main cause of melasma, especially in individuals with a hereditary predisposition to the condition. Studies have revealed that people generally develop melasma in the summer months when sunlight is the most intense. In the winter, the hyperpigmentation is typically less visible or milder.

What Are the Symptoms of Melasma?

Melasma is recognized by the discoloration or hyperpigmentation primarily in the facial areas. Three ordinary facial patterns have been recognized in those with melasma:

  • Centrofacial – hyperpigmentation among the upper lip, nose, chin, forehead, and cheeks
  • Malar – melasma patterns about the top of the cheeks
  • Mandibular – hyperpigmentation parallel with the jawline

How is Melasma Treated?

The most important component in treating melasma is to remove exposure to a patient's melasma triggers. Our team offers patients a complete assessment and educates them on modifiable factors such as sun protection, protection from blue light, and other medications that may be contributing. OneSkin Integrative Dermatology offers customized compounded topical preparations to address melasma in addition to dermatology procedures, such as microneedling and chemical peels. 

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Melasma is a chronic, difficult-to-treat pigmentation problem. We invite you to call OneSkin Integrative Dermatology to schedule your expert consultation today. Our dermatology providers will create your personal skin care plan to improve and manage your melasma to achieve the results you want.

i AM 72 YEARS OLD AND HAVE MELASMA. THIS IS A DARKENING OF THE SKIN ON MY FACE. I WAS STARTING TO LOOK LIKE A RACCOON. i COULD NOT WEAR MAKE-UP BECAUSE MY FACE WAS 2 DIFFERENT COLORS AND NOTHING WAS ABLE TO COVER UP THE DARKENED SPOTS. I WENT TO ONE SKIN DERMATOLOGY AND IN A MATTER OF 2-3 WEEKS MOST OF MY FACE WAS THE SAME COLOR. I WENT TO MY NIECE'S WEDDING AND FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 5 YEARS I WAS ABLE TO WEAR MAKEUP. I CANNOT BEGIN TO TELL YOU WHAT A DIFFERENCE IT HAS MADE FOR ME. I FELT SO SELF CONSCIOUS OF MY FACE AND THEREFORE DID NOT GO VERY MANY PLACES NOR INTERACT WITH MANY PEOPLE. THIS IS NO LONGER THE CASE! THANK YOU VERY MUCH DR. RACHAEL DAY AND ONESKIN DERMATOLOGY.

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i AM 72 YEARS OLD AND HAVE MELASMA. THIS IS A DARKENING OF THE SKIN ON MY FACE. I WAS STARTING TO LOOK LIKE A RACCOON. i COULD NOT WEAR MAKE-UP BECAUSE MY FACE WAS 2 DIFFERENT COLORS AND NOTHING WAS ABLE TO COVER UP THE DARKENED SPOTS. I WENT TO ONE SKIN DERMATOLOGY AND IN A MATTER OF 2-3 WEEKS MOST OF MY FACE WAS THE SAME COLOR. I WENT TO MY NIECE'S WEDDING AND FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 5 YEARS I WAS ABLE TO WEAR MAKEUP. I CANNOT BEGIN TO TELL YOU WHAT A DIFFERENCE IT HAS MADE FOR ME. I FELT SO SELF CONSCIOUS OF MY FACE AND THEREFORE DID NOT GO VERY MANY PLACES NOR INTERACT WITH MANY PEOPLE. THIS IS NO LONGER THE CASE! THANK YOU VERY MUCH DR. RACHAEL DAY AND ONESKIN DERMATOLOGY.

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