How to address melasma

Melasma is a unique skin condition characterized by an uneven skin complexion consisting of blotchy patches and spots that appear darker than the natural skin tone. Patients in the Columbia, Maryland, area may experience skin hyperpigmentation and seek professional treatment to improve their skin tone and reduce these dark patches. Dr. Melanie Adams is a board-certified dermatologist who will provide a definitive diagnosis and discuss with patients treatment options that can assist.

What can cause melasma to form?

Classically, melasma may be caused by fluctuating hormones, which means that melasma is more commonly seen in women than men. Pregnancy, birth control pills, and sun exposure may exacerbate the condition.

How can I address melasma?

Melasma is an ongoing condition that can flare up for years and needs continued treatment. Dr. Adams and her team work with patients to get a proper diagnosis and discuss treatment solutions that can help. Some treatments recommended for patients with melasma include:

  • Retinoids. Retinoid creams, such as tretinoin, may help reduce the overall appearance of melasma by exfoliating the skin and speeding up cell turnover.
  • Chemical peels. A chemical peel is often used to gently exfoliate the skin and reduce the overall appearance of melasma.
  • Laser treatments. Laser treatments may help fade dark spots; however, they are best used in combination with other treatment options.

These treatments may not completely erase all signs of melasma but can help reduce its severity. When you work with Dr. Adams to diagnose and treat melasma, you can rest easy knowing that you are taking the proper steps to improve your uneven skin complexion and reduce the appearance of melasma spots on the face or body.

Who can I call to learn about skin complexion treatments?

If you reside in the counties of Howard, Montgomery, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, and D.C. and want to work with a skilled and experienced dermatological professional to treat your melasma, call Melanie L. Adams, M.D. P.A. at (410) 910-2366 to request an appointment at her office in Suite #320 at 10700 Charter Drive. She is open to new and current patients and can assist with general, medical, and cosmetic dermatology issues.