Melasma is a common skin condition in Santa Rosa that is characterized by gray-brown or brown patches on the face. It is much more common in women, especially in pregnant women. Birth control pills may also trigger the condition. After a woman delivers or stops taking the birth control pills, the condition may fade. However, some people have melasma for years or even throughout their life.
There are a number of treatments available for this condition. To begin the treatment, we may use hydroquinone. It is an ingredient in medicines such as lotions, creams, liquids or gels. Another medicine we may give you is retinoic acid and/or corticosteroids. It all depends on the unique situation.
If none of these medicines is able to get rid of the melasma, you may need to consider a procedure at our office in Santa Rosa to get the desired results. These may include chemical peels or other treatments. These treatments should be done in Santa Rosa only by a qualified medical professional.
The precise cause of melasma is not known, but there are several factors that may contribute to its development. The main cause of melasma may be too much exposure to sunlight for long periods, especially during the summer when the sun is most penetrating. People with a genetic predisposition or a known family history are more at risk as well.
Today, the most successful medicine for treating melasma has been the combination of hydroquinone along with the use of other topical products. This combination has shown improvement in many of those treated. Results do take time, and for those that get a good result from the treatment, the pigmentation may reappear because of hormonal factors or exposure to the sun. But with the various treatments that are available in Santa Rosa, you may have clear skin again.
Are you looking for a way to treat your melasma in the Santa Rosa area? Make an appointment at Chernoff Cosmetic Surgery to learn about your treatment options. We have offices in Santa Rosa, Newport Beach, Beverly Hills, and Annapolis. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and get started.