Melasma is a common skin problem. It causes brown to gray-brown patches, usually on the face. Most people get it on their cheeks, bridge of their nose, forehead, chin, and above their upper lip. It primarily affects females and can be exacerbated by hormonal fluctuation. Although melasma is harmless, many choose to pursue treatment in order to even their skin tone. One of the most common treatments for melasma is sun protection. This means wearing sunscreen every day and reapplying the sunscreen every two hours. Dermatologists also recommend wearing a wide-brimmed hat when you are outside. Sunscreen alone may not give you the protection you need.
Melasma treatment often involves breaking up the pigment that is responsible for the darker skin tones, resulting in a more even complexion. Dr. McDaniel may recommend one of the following treatments for your melasma or hyperpigmentation concerns:
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