Melasma is a common skin condition that causes dark ‘stains’ on the skin of the face. The cheeks, bridge of nose, forehead, chin and upper lip are places where melasma is most likely to form. It can also develop on the forearms and neck. What causes melasma is still unknown. People with a family history of melasma are more likely to develop this skin condition. Melasma can be triggered by hormonal changes related to pregnancy, birth control pills, cosmetics, hormone therapy, and sun exposure. In fact, melasma is so common during pregnancy that it is often called chloasma, or the “mask of pregnancy.” Sun exposure can also trigger melasma because the pigment-producing cells in the skin (melanocytes) are stimulated by the ultraviolet (UV) light from the sun. Contrary to popular belief, treatment for melasma does not have to be an aggressive ablative laser that peels off the top layer of the skin. In fact, the laser that is most successful in treating Melasma, throughout the world, is the RevLite Laser. At TRCA, our physicians and staff have had amazing successes in the treatment of Melasma and are widely recognized as specialists in the treatment of Melasma.
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