Worrying about the condition of your skin as you age? You’re not alone.
While some skin conditions are not physically harmful to the body, they can affect a person’s cosmetic appearance. One of the most common skin conditions is melasma, which presents itself as brown patches on the surface of the skin in adults, usually on the cheeks, bridge of the nose, forehead and upper lip.
This discoloration could affect your lifestyle if it gets to the point where you become self-conscious or embarrassed about the appearance of your skin. Our team at Green Dermatology & Cosmetic Center, a Deerfield Beach dermatology office, doesn’t want this to happen to you. We can treat your melasma with the best skincare procedures available.
Melasma most commonly occurs in women, more often with darker skin tones like those of Hispanic, Asian, Indian, Middle Eastern or African descent. While the exact cause is unknown, there is much speculation that a lot of it has to do with family history, and whether you have a sensitivity to estrogen and progesterone. Birth control pills, hormone therapy, or pregnancy have all been known to cause melasma, as well as stress, thyroid disease, and overexposure to the sun.
Melasma may clear up on its own, as is usually the case if it’s triggered by pregnancy or birth control pills. But if your melasma seems to be sticking around for the long haul, Dr. Jason Green, a dermatologist in Deerfield Beach, is here to help. There are certain skincare products that can be used to lighten the affected skin, such as hydroquinone, arbutin, and kojic acid that Dr. Green formulates right in the office (this is safe to use while on birth control). In order to get the best results possible, the bleaching pads are used alongside glycolic acid used twice daily, and a night time retinol. This process, however, can take time.
If you are looking for a much quicker fix, there are other options that include chemical peels, microdermabrasion and laser treatments. One laser treatment in particular is called Intense Pulse Light Laser Treatment, also known as IPL This treatment can lighten and remove the brown spots around the face, neck, hands, chest, and other areas on the body. This is one of the best skincare treatments for skin conditions such as melasma. Fractional Lasers can also help with reducing redness and rosacea, as well as dilated and broken blood vessels on the face, neck and chest. Dr. Green recommends three to five treatments of IPL, spaced every four weeks, to achieve the best results with the least possible discomfort and risk.
Once the melasma has lessened and disappeared, there is, of course, maintenance involved in keeping it away for good. It’s recommended to be diligent with sunscreen use, as you should be doing anyway, and minimize sun exposure to the best of your ability.
For the best Boca Raton cosmetic skincare, we are just a few miles and one phone call away. If you are suffering from melasma and looking for the best Boca Raton skincare treatment, call us today to schedule an appointment.