Melasma is a skin condition that involves dark, discolored patches on the skin caused by an overproduction of cells that make the color of the skin. Melasma is oftentimes referred to as the “mask of pregnancy” because melasma is especially common in pregnant women. While melasma is significantly more common in women during reproductive years, men are also at risk of developing melasma. Birth control pills and hormone therapy are other hormonal changes that can contribute to melasma. Other factors like stress, thyroid disease, and sun exposure are more potential causes of melasma.
While melasma is harmless, the skin condition can make people feel self-conscious about their appearance. Various natural and at-home remedies such as creams and steroids may be prescribed to help lighten the affected areas. Although these remedies and natural fading can help visibly reduce melasma, these treatments alone may prove ineffective. Laser treatments are professional aesthetic treatments we offer for melasma to help clear the skin for a more uniform, even skin tone. Laser treatments powerfully target dark spots to brighten the face to achieve a radiantly vibrant, even skin tone.