This common skin condition presents as brown discolouration or shadow-like patches of pigmentation, typically on the face.

What is Melasma?

It’s unclear exactly why melasma occurs, but sun exposure, family history, and hormonal fluctuations are thought to play a significant role; in fact, the condition is often referred to as “pregnancy mask” because hormonal fluctuations in pregnancy contribute to its development. While generally harmless, many people find the condition bothersome and decide to seek professional treatment.

Symptoms of Melasma

The primary symptom of melasma is the development of discoloured patches of skin, appearing most commonly on the forehead, upper lip, temples and cheeks. 

Unfortunately, melasma is a chronic condition that can be difficult to treat. There is no permanent cure, but melasma treatments at Skin Science Dermatology, in combination with at-home skincare and sun protection, can effectively reduce and manage its appearance. 

A thorough consultation with Dr. Geeta Yadav, Dermatologist, will be an important first step in developing an effective melasma treatment plan.

Melasma Treatment Options

Suitable for almost every skin type, chemical peels work by removing the damaged outer layers of the skin to help unearth the fresh and healthy skin lying beneath the surface. Learn More

Topical Treatments

Your treatment plan may include topical treatments such as hydroquinone, a depigmenting agent, and medical-grade skincare such as SkinCeuticals Discoloration Defense or Metacell B3 to effectively reduce and manage the appearance of melasma.

Suitable for almost every skin type at any time of year, microneedling creates controlled micro-injuries to the skin to promote the production of new collagen and elastin, resulting in firmer, smoother skin. Learn More

Fraxel® re:store DUAL targets melasma using microscopic laser columns that penetrate deep to initiate collagen remodeling and synthesis. In order to treat melasma more effectively, we often combine Fraxel treatments with a topical agent containing hydroquinone. Learn More

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