MELASMA – THE MASK OF PREGNANCY
Melasma is one of the common skin issues more amongst women than men. It is the discolouration of skin in patches. This condition can happen due to hormonal changes, mostly during pregnancy or can happen due to sun exposure.
LET’S LEARN MORE ABOUT MELASMA
Skin pigmentation disorders attract attention and at times culminate to disgust, rejection, exclusion, discrimination, loss of self-esteem & depression. Melasma (also known as chloasma faciei, or the mask of pregnancy when present in pregnant women) is tan or dark skin discolouration. It’s characterized by irregular light- to grey-brown macules and blotches. They typically appear on the forehead, chin, cheeks, upper lip, or nose. Hormonal changes during pregnancy can trigger melasma. This explains why it’s been branded as the mask of pregnancy.
Melasma is thought to be the stimulation of melanocytes which are cells in the dermal layer known to be useful in the transfer of a pigment called melanin, to the keratinocytes of the skin. Genetics, starting or stopping hormonal contraception including birth control pills, exposure to UV radiation, cosmetics, phototoxic drugs and antiseizure medications can be some of the underlying factors which enkindle such incitements.
HOW CAN MELASMA BE TREATED?
- If this condition occurs during the pregnancy or due to contraceptive pills, then post-delivery or by stopping the intake of birth control pills Melasma also fades away.
- There are several over the counter drugs/creams which, when applied topically on the affected area can make a great visible difference.
- There are those cases too, where no topical application makes validating difference. That is when superficial, medium and deep chemical peels are commonly practised techniques to deal with this type of skin pigmentation.
- Laser technology also has demonstrated significant efficacy in the treatment of a variety of hyperpigmentation disorders including melasma.
With state-of-the-art laser machine and highest recommended active Chemical Peel ingredient, we at Orange tree Health cater to our patients suffering from similar skin pigmentation disorders. The results achieved are highly satisfactory.