Melasma is a pigmentation disorder characterised by large ill-defined patches of darkened skin that tend to appear on the upper lip, cheeks and forehead. Sun exposure or a change in hormonal status (due to hormone-based contraception, hormone therapy, pregnancy and/or some medications) may trigger melasma. This increased pigmentation is commonly associated with pregnancy and is also called chloasma or pregnancy mask
Sun exposure certainly contributes to melasma by triggering an inflammatory signal that leads to a darkening of the skin. Ultraviolet light from the sun can stimulate pigment-producing cells, or melanocytes in the skin. People with skin of color have more active melanocytes than those with light skin. These melanocytes produce a large amount of pigment under normal conditions, but this production increases even further when stimulated by light exposure or an increase in hormone levels. Incidental exposure to the sun is mainly the reason for recurrences of melasma.
Rejuvenation Laser Dermatology’s team of skin experts take into consideration the inflammatory nature of melasma when creating an ideal treatment plan for you. Please visit your family doctor and request a referral to Rejuvenation Laser Dermatology. The path to a brightener, even complexion begins with a professional melasma consultation by our dermatologist, Dr Paul Kuzel.
- Lightening creams
- CO2 Laser Resurfacing
- Clear and Brilliant
- Intensif Microneedling
- Chemical peels