A common skin condition, melasma causes brown to gray-brown patches to develop on the face and other sun exposed areas of your body. It’s not uncommon for most people to get it on the bridge of their nose, cheeks, chin, forehead, and above their upper lip. The main reason why people get it is because of excessive sun exposure, which means that the neck and forearms are also places where this skin condition can develop.

Who Is More At Risk Of Getting Melasma

Women tend to develop melasma more often, while just about 10% of the men get the condition. People who have a darker skin tone are also at more risk of melasma, as compared to fair skinned people. One other reason why certain people have more chances of developing melasma is due to hereditary factors, i.e. if a blood relation has the condition; chances are that you will too.

What Are The Main Causes Of Melasma

The exact cause of this skin condition is still not clear, although one likely explanation is that when melanocytes i.e. the color making cells in the skin start producing excessive color; it may become one reason why people with darker toned skin are more likely to get melasma than their lighter toned counterparts.

Some of the common triggers for melasma are;

Sun Exposure: The UV rays contained in sunlight stimulate the color producing cells in the skin, which is why cases of melasma in the summer are often the worst. In addition, this is the reason why people who suffer from melasma, get it again and again.

Change in Hormones: As the second most common cause of melasma, pregnant women often complain about getting the condition. Other triggers of this skin condition are hormone replacement medicine and birth control pills.

Cosmetics: Some skincare products may actually worsen the condition if you are already suffering from it due to skin irritation. On the other hand, for the treatment of melasma, dermatologists recommend use of sun blocks as well as skin bleaching creams, along with laser procedure.

How Can Melasma Be Treated

This is a skin condition that cannot be completely cured, but it’s quite possible to manage it. Now you won’t have to look in the mirror and see a face riddled with sun spots, age spots, and freckles anymore as the PicoSure Laser will not only remove unwanted pigmentation and ugly brown spots, but it will also revitalize your skin.

In addition to this; due to the breakthrough technology of the PicoSure laser using the patented focus array, the pigmentation is targeted and eliminated without causing damage to the surrounding skin. There’s no other laser treatment that promises the same, which is why women are opting for the PicoSure focus treatment, now more than ever before. The added benefits of the procedure are that there’s virtually no downtime required and no pain can be felt during and after the treatment. The PicoSure focus treatment feels like a mild sunburn afterwards.

A couple of years ago, procedures for melasma removal were few and not very effective in the first place. Dr. Edward S. Kole and his team at the Kole Plastic Surgery Center have turned the tables however. Now, you can get effective treatment in one of the best aesthetic centers in the Philadelphia area.   Call 215-315-7655 to schedule your complimentary consultation today.