A stubborn and persistent form of hyperpigmentation, melasma is a skin condition that has become very well-known over the past few years. It causes small patches of darker-colored skin, usually on the face, which may fade or increase with time. Commonly mistaken for other skin conditions, the exact cause of melasma is unknown, the most suspected culprits are melanocytes (cells that create the color of the skin) and even though no permanent cure exists for this problem, there are several methods of managing it and reducing the chances of flare-ups. Managing melasma can be tricky and requires an expert dermatologist who actually diagnoses and looks for the reasons that caused it in the first place. Let’s discuss How to Choose the Right Melasma Treatment for Your Skin in Dubai, Abu Dhabi & Sharjah?
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If caused by hormonal changes (the most common reason), other medication to counter them may be prescribed. Some topical creams and lotions are available which reduce the effects of hyperpigmentation, but if those don’t work, your dermatologist may prescribe other cosmetic procedures.
As stated earlier, so far melasma can only be managed, not cured. This means that treatment may be prolonged and consistent follow-ups may be required to achieve desired results. It should be noted that melasma may flare up at any time without any obvious reason, but since it poses no risk other than looks, it is nothing to be too much concerned about.
Men are a lot less likely to get melasma as compared to women. Women, especially those going through hormonal changes such as pregnancy, are more susceptible to contracting this skin disorder. 9 out of 10 cases of melasma are found in women. Darker skin tone is more prone to be affected by this issue and sun exposure is also a big contributor to causing melasma.
It is very important that you get checked by a qualified and competent dermatologist who can diagnose your condition, and figure out the reasons behind the condition such as your genetics, Exposure to UV rays, pregnancy or birth control medication, or some other medication known for causing hyperpigmentation. To rule out other skin conditions, a quick skin biopsy may be performed to confirm melasma.
After diagnosis, a dermatologist will prescribe medication based on the reason behind the issue. If hormonal changes are the cause, melasma may fade away when the body returns to its normal routine e.g. after childbirth. For mild and moderate cases, you will be prescribed OTC medication such as;
- Tretinoin combined with a corticosteroid
- Triple creams which combine all three medications for more stubborn cases
- Other medications such as supplements, sunblock, Vitamin C, azelaic acid, or kojic acid slowly fade the dark patches.
If these treatments are not effective against your melasma, the doctor may prescribe cosmetic procedures to reduce and minimize the discoloration. These can include;
- Chemical Peel to thoroughly cleanse and bleach the dark spots.
- Microneedling is a treatment in which the doctor makes invisible cuts in the skin which after healing results in reduced pigmentation.
- Laser and light therapy involve the use of pulsed light to reduce or halt melasma flare-ups.
- Plasma therapy uses plasma extracted from the blood to help normalize the melanocytes.
Melasma is a very common issue nowadays but it can be manageable. To reduce the chances of flare-ups make sure to;
- Avoid Direct sunlight
- Avoid cheap Makeup products which use unapproved or toxic chemicals.
- Avoid medication that causes hormonal changes.
- Consult a specialist who can identify the problem and its root causes.
Why Choose us?
Enfield Royal Laser Treatments Clinic in Dubai has certified dermatologists who are well-equipped to deal with issues relating to melasma and other similar skin conditions. Remember that early diagnosis means that you get early treatment which is pertinent to managing this skin disorder. If you suspect that you may be a victim of this disease, it is advised to fill out the form below to instantly book a consultation and know How to Choose the Right Melasma Treatment for Your Skin in Dubai, Abu Dhabi & Sharjah?
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