Aging is the most natural process in humans. Facial lines, wrinkles, or gray hair are the most common visible signs of aging. Be it physical or emotional, changes are inevitable and most natural. Sun damage is quite common and can also lead to aging. It damages your skin unimaginably, and excessive exposure can lead to skin cancer. Dark or blotchy spots are common and may appear anytime, especially in middle age. It is called melasma, which causes patches and spots due to overexposure to the sun. It happens due to the overproduction of melanin in the body, especially in high sun exposure areas. Melanin usually gives eyes, skin, and hair their color. Melasma is a common skin disorder that affects the cheeks, upper lip, nose bridge, forehead, and chin. It may also appear on other areas, such as the neck, shoulder, and forearms. Moreover, it is likely found in individuals with light brown skin to darker tones. Women are also more susceptible to melasma during pregnancy due to hormonal changes.
Sun exposure – As mentioned, frequent exposure to UV rays can trigger melasma
Skin color – Commonly occurs in people with light brown skin and darker tones, especially in areas with high sun exposure.
Women – It is more common in women than men, especially during hormonal changes like pregnancy.
Pregnancy – Melasma is more common during pregnancy, affecting 15% to 50% of pregnant people.
Genetics – Many people report that close relatives also have this condition.
Some of the other triggers include –
Hormone treatment or birth control pills
Skincare products – Some products can irritate the skin
Medications – Some medications that make the skin more sensitive to sun exposure, like retinoids, blood pressure medications, etc.
Symptoms of Melasma
Melasma is a type of hyperpigmentation, discolored patches of skin, or uneven skin tone. These patches are flat and appear darker than the skin tone, often brown or gray. It does not cause any other symptoms, but people may find the appearance bothersome and want to get rid of it quickly. Remember, it does not cause any cancer, and it is a personal choice as some people do not prefer the look on their skin. People often mistake it for other skin conditions, but a thorough examination is essential.
Our business has several treatment methods to help patients with different skin types or concerns. Our treatment methods are designed for patients that unveil their beautiful and radiant skin. Our non-invasive and lesser downtime treatment methods are highly effective that help improve your skin’s appearance. Treatment methods are gentle and performed at our office, producing the most suitable patient results.
If you are interested in learning about our treatment methods and how they can help your concerns, connect with Riopelle Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center at (925) 391-1070 and schedule an appointment today.