Sometimes after pregnancy and hormonal changes, the skin can be affected by irregular, discolored patches that often occur on the nose, forehead, cheeks, or upper lip. This condition is called melasma, and it’s the symmetrical nature of these tan-looking patches that sets it apart from other skin conditions.
Dr. Tiffany McCormack can effective treat melasma with an array of treatment options, including topical creams. Melasma treatment can be part of a Mommy Makeover here at our practice to give you a comprehensive renewal of your appearance after pregnancy.
Melasma is more common in women and those with darker skin types, and the actual causes of the condition are not yet fully understood. Many doctors think that, in addition to hormonal changes and pregnancy, factors such as sun exposure, heredity, and even oral contraceptives may play a part in the development of melasma.
Melasma can be treated in a number of ways, including:
- Chemical skin peels
- Laser skin resurfacing
Some topical skin creams may also be effective at reducing the appearance of melasma, although effective treatment will depend on the individual’s skin type and how they respond to skin creams. Hydroquinone has been found to be an effective topical agent to treat melasma, and even some over-the-counter remedies such as herbal skin lightening treatments may help.