Melasma Treatment Provided by a Dermatologist
Melasma is a discoloration of the skin caused by changes to hormones or heredity. While many dermatologists consider melasma the toughest pigmentation condition to treat, there are some promising options that can provide relief for patients in Calabasas and Southern California.
Dermatological Options for Melasma Treatment
The right medical dermatology treatment for you will depend on severity, cause and length of time you have been suffering. Here is an overview of some beneficial treatments in use today:
A silk peel is in essence a much gentler form of micro-dermabrasion. As the skin is smoothed and polished, a peptide is applied which halts production of skin pigments.
Laser Skin Treatment
If you are a candidate for laser treatments, this procedure can lighten and smooth skin pigment imbalances while rejuvenating skin.
Topical Skin Peel
Here, application of a topical product will induce a peel not unlike the kind you get following sunburn. Once you have had the peel, you will use additional products at home.
Micro-needling uses a micro-pen to open up avenues through which bleaching creams can do their work. It generally takes about six in-office micro-needling treatments combined with at-home bleaching treatments to achieve results.
Self-Care to Control Melasma
In between treatments, there is also much you can do to control and lessen the impact melasma has on your daily life.
Here is a list of the best dermatologist-recommended self-care practices for controlling melasma:
- Avoid the sun. Use all the helps you have – hats, sunscreen and sunblocks (a better option) can all help.
- Stay inside when it’s hot. If it is really hot out, wait to do your errands or enjoy a walk until the cooler hours of the day arrive.
- Stay out of hot places. Saunas, Jacuzzis, hot showers – anywhere that is designed to be and stay hot can worsen your melasma.
- “The Pill.”If you are on birth control, be sure you talk with your doctor about your melasma.
- Steer clear of aggressive skin cleansers. Loofahs, masks, scrubs and any skin cleaner with harsh chemicals will likely make your melasma worse.
Contact Calabasas Dermatology Center Today
Calabasas Dermatology Center is a full-service dermatology practice located in Calabasas, Southern California. Contact us today to schedule your initial free consultation.