Will Melasma Go Away On Its Own?

Do you have patches of brown or gray-brown skin on your face? You may be struggling with melasma, a persistent skin condition that affects more than 6 million American women.  

Most women who develop melasma notice changes on their face, especially their cheeks, upper lip, bridge of their nose, and forehead. Melasma can also create skin changes in other places that get lots of light exposure, such as the neck, shoulders, and arms. 

While melasma isn’t painful and doesn’t cause health problems, that doesn’t mean you have to live with the skin changes the condition causes. In this blog, the providers at Medweight, Lasers & Wellness Centers in Irvine, California, explain what melasma is, whether it can go away on its own, and what you can do to restore your skin.

What causes melasma?

Melasma is caused by the overproduction of the cells that make up the pigment in your skin. It’s sometimes called “the mask of pregnancy,” because many women — up to 50% — experience it for the first time when they’re expecting.

While researchers are still working to understand why some people develop melasma and some don’t, they do know that certain risk factors can increase your chances of developing this condition. They include the following:

If you have a family history of melasma, your risk of developing this skin condition also increases.

Will melasma disappear on its own?

It depends. If your melasma is caused by fluctuations in hormones due to pregnancy or because you’re taking hormone-based medications or contraception, there’s a good chance your melasma will fade within a few months of your hormones returning to normal.

However, if hormone-based medications or contraception aren’t the cause of your melasma, your skin discoloration will not likely go away on its own. In fact, melasma patches can last for years and may be difficult or impossible to treat on your own. 

What can I do if my melasma doesn’t go away?

Before starting any treatment for melasma, be sure to have your skin evaluated by a medical professional. Melasma can resemble other skin conditions, and your provider will work to confirm an accurate diagnosis. 

The providers at MedWeight, Lasers & Wellness Centers are melasma experts. Your provider will evaluate your skin and review your medical and family history before developing a customized melasma treatment plan.

Treatment options for melasma may include any of the following:

Hydroquinone treatments

Hydroquinone is a bleaching agent that is applied to patches of melasma. After it’s applied, it blocks the production of skin-darkening pigments.

PICO Enlighten™ laser treatments

With this treatment, laser energy breaks up the dark patches of pigment, which are then naturally eliminated by the body as waste.

VI Peel® treatments

This treatment is a chemical peel that contains ingredients that painlessly remove the top layer of skin so new, clear skin can replace it.

If you want treatment for melasma or want to see if you have the condition, book an appointment online or over the phone with MedWeight, Lasers & Wellness Centers today.

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