Pigment and Melasma

Years of sun exposure can cause skin to develop unwanted pigmentation. Also known as melasma, these brown of dark spots can appear anywhere on the body, but are most often found on the face or chest. Patients suffering from this concern tend to feel uncomfortable and self-conscious about the appearance of their skin. Unfortunately, once these brown patches appear, they tend to stay for years or even a lifetime unless medically treated.

What causes skin discoloration?

Both men and women can have skin pigment concerns. However, according to the American Academy of Dermatology, women are more likely than men to get melasma. While sun exposure is a major cause, hormones can also play a role. In fact, melasma is often seen in pregnant women and has even sometimes been called “the mask of pregnancy.”

Aside from gender, the likelihood of someone developing melasma increases with darker skin types or if a blood relative also has it.

The main causes are:

  • Ultraviolet (UV) light exposure
  • Pregnancy
  • Hormonal changes
  • Irritating skincare products

Treatments for pigment and melasma in Los Angeles

No one wants to spend extra time and effort covering up unwanted pigment in their skin. Successfully diminishing any discoloration to reveal a brighter, more even tone is possible with professional dermatological treatments. Dr. Rubinstein offers his patients with a variety of successful ways to ease melasma. Whether the discoloration is on the nose, forehead, cheeks, chest, hands or anywhere else on the body, there are several options that are both safe and effective.*

Depending on skin type and severity of the hyperpigmentation, Dr. Rubinstein may suggest one or a combination of treatments. These include a skin lightening compound like Cosmelan European Original Formula, a chemical peel, a laser treatment, or an IPL PhotoFacial.

If you are living with unwanted discoloration in your skin, please schedule a consultation.

*Individual results may vary; not a guarantee.


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