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What is Melasma?

Melasma is a condition that causes light brown pigmentation, usually on the face. It is more common in women, though men can also be affected. It is also more common in darker skin types, where there is often a family history of the condition. Melasma is usually more prominent in the summer months and fades in winter. There are several factors that can cause melasma; genetics, sun exposure, birth control pill, pregnancy and some medications.

What are my treatment options?

Dr. Ophelia recognizes the importance of treating this condition early. She will recommend that melasma treatment include avoiding triggers such as hormonal therapies and sun exposure. As part of your skincare plan Dr. Ophelia can advise on the use of sun protection, creams targeted at improving pigmentation, as well as skin peels and laser treatment.