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Dr. Amber Bocknek

Melasma is a common skin condition characterized by the development of brown or gray-brown patches, typically on the face. Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun is a major trigger for melasma. UV rays can stimulate the production of melanin (pigment), leading to the development of patches.  Hormones play a significant role in melasma. It is commonly associated with pregnancy, contraceptives or hormone replacement therapy.

There is NO cure for melasma, only management.  A good place to start is with your family doctor and/or medical dermatologist

You might be interested in these options:

Sunscreen: first, avoid the sun as much as possible, and use a sunscreen

Medical grade skin care

Hydrabrasion facials

peels

Microneedling and PRP/PRF

Clearlift laser

It's important to note that melasma can be a chronic condition, and management often requires ongoing sun protection and long-term targeted treatments.