WHAT CAUSES MELASMA?

Melasma Treatments at Beer Dermatology in West Palm Beach, FL and Jupiter , FL

Melasma is a patchy discoloration of the skin caused when melanocytes, the color-forming cells in skin tissue, go into overdrive and produce too much color. Common triggers or factors associated with melasma include:

  • Hormones – Pregnant women often get melasma or chloasma (mask of pregnancy) as a result of increased estrogen, progesterone, and other melanocyte-stimulating hormones. Melasma can also be triggered by hormone replacement therapy or birth control pills.
  • Ultraviolet (UV) Light – Sun exposure can trigger the pigment producing cells in the skin, causing a recurrence of melasma even if it has been successfully treated. It is strongly suggested that those prone to melasma take extra care to protect their skin from the sun year-round.
  • Genetics – Certain people have a genetic predisposition for melasma, such as men or women with olive-toned skin.

EFFECTIVE MELASMA TREATMENTS

While there is no current cure for melasma, there are a number of treatment options that can be used to effectively manage the appearance of melasma in a wide range of skin types and tones. These include:

  • Fractional laser treatments, which trigger cell reproduction in the skin to improve texture and remove pigmentation.
  • Topical products, which can speed up cell turnover and prevent excess melanin from forming.

BEER DERMATOLOGY CAN HELP YOU GET YOUR MELASMA UNDER CONTROL

We are available to discuss the best therapies and treatment options for melasma. Dr. Beer and his team of skilled skin specialists will use the most comprehensive techniques to manage your hyperpigmentation and achieve more even-toned skin. Contact us online or call our offices today at (561) 600-4848 (West Palm Beach) or (561) 430-2767 (Jupiter).

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Dr. Kenneth Beer
Dr. Kenneth Beer is a board-certified dermatologist and dermatopathologist focused on general, surgical and aesthetic dermatology. After obtaining his BS in Zoology from Duke University and his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, he completed a residency and Fellowship at the University of Chicago. Dr. Beer is a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology, and is a Clinical Professor of Dermatology at University of Miami. Dr. Beer is the Founder of the Cosmetic Bootcamp program which trains doctors and PA’s enhancing their knowledge of cosmetic dermatology. He has decades of experience and specializes in facial rejuvenation.