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Treatment for Portland, Oregon area patients with melasma

One common skin problem—more so for women than for men—is melasma. Melasma results in pigmented patches on the face. These patches can be brown or grayish in color. It typically occurs on areas such as the forehead, cheeks, nose, and chin. Patients may also notice melasma on other parts of the body that receive frequent sun exposure such as the neck and forearms.

This hyperpigmentation condition is commonly triggered by sun exposure. Because of this, patients with melasma are encouraged to wear sunscreen every day and reapply regularly. Not only will this reduce melasma flare-ups, but it can protect the skin from skin cancer.

Patients who have melasma will often see a professional to seek appropriate treatment. Dr. Adam Maddox of Thrive in Portland, Oregon will first examine the skin and provide a proper diagnosis of the condition. Melasma may present like other skin conditions, so sometimes a doctor will take a biopsy of the skin (remove a small portion for testing) to get an accurate diagnosis. Once it has been determined that it is melasma, treatment options can be discussed.

Treatment for melasma will vary. In many cases, melasma will fade on its own. This can occur when the trigger is removed. Triggers may include pregnancy, birth control pills, or sun exposure. However, others deal with melasma regularly and may want to speak with a professional about treatment options. Some solutions for this skin condition may include:

  • Hydroquinone
  • Tretinoin
  • Corticosteroids
  • Azelaic acid
  • Kojic acid
  • Chemical peels
  • Microdermabrasion
  • Dermabrasion

Treatment options can reduce the appearance of melasma and help control it over time.

Dr. Adam Maddox and the team of Thrive are proud to offer a wide range of cosmetic and medical services for patients in and around the Portland, Oregon area. If you are interested in learning more about effective melasma treatment or any other conditions that affect your health and appearance, contact our practice today.

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