Melasma: The Skin Condition You Never Saw Coming

Melasma | Refined Dermatology, Los Gatos + San Jose

Melasma: The Skin Condition You Never Saw Coming

It’s no surprise that summer is peak sun damage season, especially in sizzling hot Arizona. Refined Dermatology is available year-round to help you prevent dangerous sun damage as well as treat the effects of one too many summer days spent unprotected. However, we’ve noticed a lot of clients complaining not just about sunburns, new moles, and wrinkles, but also “gray patches.” Melasma is a lesser-known skin condition that can be exacerbated by sun exposure.

The severity of melasma

Melasma is also known as the “mask of pregnancy” because hormones can also cause it, and pregnant women are especially prone to hormonal shifts. Technically, there is no cure for melasma, but the good news is that it tends to go away on its own—usually, after hormones settle down a bit or clients start a more stringent sun protection regimen. However, the severity of melasma can certainly be lessened with a variety of techniques and procedures.

Since melasma appears most often on the face, particularly on the bridge of the nose and the cheeks, it’s a condition that most people want to treat right away. It’s not dangerous, but it can certainly be an eyesore and a knock to your self-esteem. Sun damage and conditions that are exacerbated by the sun can appear in many ways, and melasma is just one of them. The best approach is to simultaneously adopt a new, better sun damage prevention routine while exploring your options to treat current conditions and symptoms.

Schedule your annual skin check with Refined Dermatology today

Summer is also a great season to schedule your annual skin check. This is the best way to catch serious signs of sun damage early (like skin cancer), but also to talk to your dermatologist about skin issues and concerns that could range from adult acne to melasma and rosacea. Your skin is the largest organ you have, and it’s certainly exposed to a lot of things like daily makeup and regular UV damage. Take care of it and your health by working with top professionals. To learn more about melasma treatment and sun damage prevention, schedule an appointment with Refined Dermatology today.



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