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Melasma or "Pregnancy Mask"

What is melasma?
Melasma appears as brown to gray-brown symmetrical patches because of excess amounts of melanin (skin pigmentation) collecting in different layers of the skin.  It is most common on the face on the bridge of the nose, cheeks, forehead and mustache area, but can also appear on other areas of the body that get a lot of sun exposure, such as the forearms or neck.

Who can get melasma? 
Melasma is often referred to as "pregnancy mask" because melasma is thought to be related to hormones and is especially common in women.  Also linked to sun exposure, this condition is very common in Arizona among men and women.

How can I prevent melasma?
Because sun exposure is one common cause of melasma, avoiding sun exposure is key to decreasing your risk of occurrence.

  • Wear a wide-brimmed hat when outdoors.
  • Wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen every day, even when you are in the car.
  • Reapply sunscreen every two hours or immediately after sweating or swimming.

How is melasma treated? 
Melasma can be dramatically improved with a medical grade skincare regimen, chemical peels and laser treatments. Schedule an appointment today to develop a personalized treatment plan to address melasma.

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