Melasma is a common skin problem that causes grey-brown spots on the skin the face, neck and other areas that are exposed to the sun.
This darkening of the skin often happens when a trigger is causing the melasma, such as a pregnancy or birth control pills. When the woman delivers the baby or stops taking the birth control pills, melasma can fade. Some people, however, have melasma for years — or even a lifetime. If the melasma does not go away or a woman wants to keep taking birth control pills, melasma treatments are available.
- Hydroquinone: This medicine is a common first treatment for melasma. It is applied to the skin and works by lightening the skin. You will find hydroquinone in medicine that comes as a cream, lotion, gel, or liquid.
- Tretinoin: To enhance skin lightening, Margaret may prescribe a second medicine called tretinoin.
- Procedures: If a topical medicine does not get rid of your melasma, a procedure may succeed. At Larson Family Medicine & Medical Aesthetics the master estheticians will follow the Melasma Protocols in procedures for chemical peels such as the ViPeel and laser treatments with Advanced Florescent Technology or ClearLift QS-1064.
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Burien, WA 98166
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