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Melasma Treatments in Rockford, IL

Hyperpigmentation and Melasma

Dark, discolored patches of skin can be an uncomfortable and unsightly issue to deal with, especially in high visibility areas such as the face. Hyperpigmentation can appear in many forms in the skin, including melasma. Similar to age spots and freckles, these spots can appear as flat marks on the skin. Unlike spots, however, melasma is often irregularly shaped. At PryorHealth in Rockford melasma treatments often focus on getting rid of the excess pigment within the skin and encouraging new growth. Removing the upper layers of the skin makes room for fresh, healthy skin cells so the old pigmentation can be shed.

What Are the Best Melasma Treatments?

There are many different ways you can approach skin conditions like hyperpigmentation. During treatment for melasma Rockford patients will have a customized treatment plan developed with our expert staff at PryorHealth. Some of the most effective procedures include:

What Is Melasma?

Melasma shows up as flat, irregularly shaped patches, usually gray or brown in color. They can appear randomly, but most commonly will develop on the forehead, cheeks, nose, and upper lip. Melasma may also appear on the neck and forearms.

Naturally, these areas are hard to hide, and the appearance of melasma can be a cause of concern and distress for many patients, especially in their youth.

Another term for melasma is chloasma. Regardless of the term used, the condition can appear as epidermal (on the skin’s surface), dermal (under the surface), or both. The deeper in the skin, the harder the hyperpigmentation will be to treat.

What Causes Melasma?

Unlike other kinds of hyperpigmentation, such as post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation caused by injury or irritation, melasma is often triggered by hormone changes, stress, or thyroid disease. These are internal risk factors that cannot always be avoided. For these patients, having successful treatment options can be a huge relief.

Melasma is especially common in pregnant women as their estrogen and progesterone levels can boost melanin production. Sun can also bring on melasma, due to UV light speeding up melanin production in the skin.

People with Fitzpatrick skin types IV-VI tend to develop melasma more often. Knowing what is causing melasma is a great place to start so you can help prevent more from forming. If you are interested in learning more about treatment of melasma Rockford patients are encouraged to contact PryorHealth to schedule a consultation.

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