Melasma Peel Treatment Questions and Answers
Melasma is a common skin condition that affects primarily the face. Treatments are available, so talk to our team of leading healthcare professionals today at Remedi Med Spa – Botox and Filler Specialists. Call us today or visit us online to book an appointment. We have 2 convenient locations in Coronado CA and San Diego CA to serve you.
What Is a Melasma peel?
Melasma is a common skin condition that affects primarily the face, but also the neck and forearms, causing dark patches to form on the surface of the skin. Some other chemical peels are used to treat different forms of hyperpigmentation in the affected area. A melasma peel is a specific type of chemical peel that can be used on the skin to treat skin discolorations caused by melasma. The procedure involves having a chemical solution applied directly onto the skin of the affected area, which causes the top layer of the skin to shed. When the skin sheds, it removes with it the melanin that is responsible for causing the dark patches on the skin. Working with a board-certified dermatologist will help prevent serious side effects. A dermatologist can also provide recommendations on the best treatment plan for your unique case and skin type that will help minimize or remove the dark patches of skin. While melasma doesn’t cause any physical pain or discomfort, it can make sufferers self-conscious and embarrassed by the dark marks that they have on their skin. Individuals can take preventative steps to reduce their risk of developing melasma but at this time the root cause isn’t known, making it hard to know exactly what steps to take to avoid it developing on your skin.
Does a chemical peel help with melasma?
Melasma is a skin condition that causes dark, discolored patches of skin to develop, most commonly on your face. They are a darker tone than your usual skin color and while they aren’t painful or uncomfortable, they can make sufferer’s feel self-conscious about their skin and looks. Chemical peels have been shown to be successful in helping reduce or remove the dark patches of skin brought on by melasma. However, not all cases of melasma can be cleared up with treatment from chemical peels or other methods. There are a few different types of chemical peels currently on the market being used for melasma treatment. These include trichloroacetic acid, glycolic acid, salicylic acid, Jessner’s solution and tretinoin. Each patient who is treated will have results from chemical peel treatments for melasma, however they have been shown to be effective in minimizing the appearance of dark spots in some cases even if they don’t fully remove them. Additional treatments may also be required to continue to lighten the dark spots and patients will need to follow the instructions provided to care for their skin to minimize the likelihood of melasma spots re-forming after treatment. Although the root cause of melasma is not known, some preventative measures have been shown to reduce the chances of it developing based on some potential causes of the dark spots forming. Your doctor or dermatologist can provide you with treatment options for melasma, as well as recommendations on how to minimize the appearance of the dark spots and reduce your risk of developing melasma in the future.
What is the root cause of melasma?
The root cause of melasma is not currently know, however there do seem to be some factors that can increase the likelihood of individuals developing the skin condition. There are also some factors that are thought to contribute to the development of melasma, although they haven’t been confirmed to be the single root cause at this time. Individuals with darker skin seem to be more prone and have a higher risk for developing melasma than individuals who have fair skin. Sensitivity to estrogen and progesterone have also been associated with the skin condition, meaning that melasma can be triggered by pregnancy, hormone therapy and birth control pills or other hormone-based birth control methods. Additionally, stress and thyroid disease have been linked to being potential causes of melasma. Exposure to the sun appears to cause melasma due to the ultraviolet rays that appear to affect the cells responsible for pigment, called melanocytes. If you notice signs of melasma forming on your skin, reach out to your doctor and see about potential treatment options. They will most likely refer you to a dermatologist who specializes in skin disorders.
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