If you suffer from dark patches on your face, you are not alone. Women who notice brown or gray-brown patches on the face, especially the cheeks, upper lip, nose, forehead or chin may have a medical condition known as melasma. Millions of women suffer from this skin condition and many of them feel embarrassed and unattractive because of its effects.
Melasma is a natural darkening of the skin caused by an excessive production of melanin, the pigment in your skin that causes you to tan. Experts believe that the discoloration is caused by changes in a woman’s hormones. This can often coincide with: the use of birth control pills, hormone replacement therapy or the third trimester of pregnancy (sometimes called “pregnancy mask”). Melasma typically occurs only on areas of the skin that are exposed to the sun, which is why the face is the main target. Severity of the condition can vary.
Because this is a condition based on hormone levels, those with melasma may find that it clears up on its own, over time, with no treatment necessary. But, if you have found that your skin is not clearing up quickly, as you would like, or that your quality of life is negatively being affected by your melasma, please visit us at the dermatology clinic for a solution. With a consultation we can determine if a prescription for Tri-Luma® Cream is the answer. Those who’ve used the product notice a difference in 4 weeks and typically the maximum effect is achieved in just 8 weeks of a once daily treatment.