Melasma is a common skin condition that appears in the form of dark, discolored skin patches on different parts of the body, but especially on the face. This condition is often called the “mask of pregnancy” because it typically develops in pregnant women. However, both men and women can get melasma skin and the pigmentation issues that come with it. If you’re seeing signs of this problem, our staff here at Coastal Dermatology & Aesthetics may be able to help. We offer a range of treatment options dedicated to helping you look and feel your absolute best!
Why Does Melasma Occur?
Melasma and other similar pigmentation issues like it are often caused by overactive cells. Typically, melanin clumping and ultraviolet (UV) light exposure tend to be the usual suspects. Though we know the cause of these concerns, when they begin and how hard they can strike is difficult to determine without symptoms. Those dark spots may show up very slowly or appear suddenly and without warning. Their unpredictable nature means that we can’t control their onset. However, melasma symptoms can be treated effectively once they appear.
What Are the Symptoms?
The most common symptoms associated with this issue are dark spots can the cheeks, forehead, nose, and chin. These spots can sometimes cause irritation and discomfort. Melasma can also be accompanied by discolored patches that are symmetrical, especially when found on the face. Other areas of your body that are often exposed to the sun can also develop this condition. At our San Luis Obispo center, we offer laser therapy solutions and chemical peels to remove the pigmentation caused by this issue.
Treatment Options for Melasma
At Coastal Dermatology & Aesthetics, we tackle this condition and other similar skin conditions using a comprehensive treatment approach. When you come in for your consultation, Dr. Kilcline and our staff will take the time to examine your skin to determine the best treatment course. Afterward, we may recommend either a chemical peel or treatment with our state of the art Smartskin®+ Laser Resurfacing device. In either case, these treatment options can provide you with some welcome relief with minimal downtime and little to no discomfort.
Options for Treating Melasma in San Luis Obispo, CA
Melasma can be very uncomfortable to deal with. If you notice the appearance of dark spots and irritation on your skin, we welcome you to schedule an appointment at our San Luis Obispo center. To connect with our team, please fill out the form below, or give us a call at (805) 544-5567 today.