Melasma

    

WHAT IS MELASMA?

Dr. Ambay of 360 Dermatology in Tampa sees a lot of patients with a variety of conditions. Whether it is acne, or a patient who wants to reduce the signs of aging, a dermatologist can assist in many ways. One condition that is often of great cosmetic concern for patients is melasma.

Melasma is a skin condition that causes dark discolorations of the skin. It is often associated with two conditions: a change in female hormones and sun exposure. Both men and women can get this skin disorder, but it is most common in females, especially those with darker ethnic skin tones.

Melasma is sometimes called the “mask of pregnancy” as it can occur when changes in the female hormones – progesterone and estrogen – occur. This can happen during pregnancy, menopause when HRT (hormone replacement therapy) is in progress, or when a woman is taking oral contraceptives.

Melasma is also associated with sun exposure and this can make it flare-up. The condition is a chronic skin disorder that will require a patient to limit their sun exposure to avoid flare-ups. It can be either mild or severe, which will determine the course of action that Dr. Ambay, of Tampa, takes to help a patient keep it under control.

There are many treatment options available for melasma. For mild conditions, patients may be prescribed topical creams to use on the area to lighten the melasma. These creams can include active ingredients such as azelaic acid, kojic acid and tretinoin. Topical steroid creams might also be prescribed. A dermatologist may also suggest regular chemical peels in addition to the use of stronger SPF sunscreens to protect the skin. In severe incidences, Dr. Ambay may suggest laser treatments, which can resurface the skin and address the dark pigmentation that occurs with this skin disorder.

Dr. Ambay of 360 Dermatology in Tampa sees a lot of patients with a variety of conditions. Whether it is acne, or a patient who wants to reduce the signs of aging, visiting our dermatology clinic in Wesley Chapel allows Dr. Ambay to address your concerns in many ways.