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23 year old Caucasian who developed what appears to be melasma on upper lip. Can this fade on its own? Will birth control help to reduce the apearance

23 year old Caucasian who developed what appears to be melasma on upper lip. Can this fade on its own? Will birth control help to reduce the apearance

May: Birth control pills can cause melasma and will not make it better. There is a chance that it will fade over time on its own but it is doubtful that it will go away completely. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Mask Of Pregnancy (Definition)

Mask of Pregnancy, or Melasma, is a dark skin discoloration that appears on sun-exposed ...Read more


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What is melasma?

What is melasma?

Pigment change: Melasma is a pigment change that is affects many layers of the skin and usually is related to hormonal imbalances. It can occur in all ethnic groups, it is treated with skin lightners such as hydroquinone 4%, vitamin c/kojic acid, retin-a, lasers and peels like the melange peel. Avoiding the sun, using SPF can help. Adding vitamin d helps since you limit your sun exposure. ...Read more

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What causes melasma?

What causes melasma?

The: The exact cause of melasma is still unknown, however researchers theorize that melasma occurs as a result of the color-making skin cells (melanocytes) producing too much color or melanin resulting in patchy discoloration. There are also genetic and other predispositions that are the cause. Common triggers of melasma include extended sun exposure, estrogen supplements, birth control pills, and pregnancy. ...Read more

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How can I treat melasma?

How can I treat melasma?

Bleaching agents: Avoidance of sun is utmost importance and sunscreen as the sun worsens melasma. Bleaching creams, retin-a, combinations of them, chemical peels and laser are all possible treatment. ...Read more

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Why do women get melasma?

Why do women get melasma?

Unknown: We still do not know why some women who are pregnant get melasma. ...Read more

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What does melasma look like?

What does melasma look like?

Lacy pigmentation: Melanoma is most often seen on the cheeks, forehead and around the mouth. It is a lacy patchy brown pigment that gets dark in the sun. ...Read more

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Does melasma go away on its own?

Does melasma go away on its own?

May lighten some: Melasma is a discoloration of the skin that comes from a combination of hormonal fluctuations and sun exposure. It is extremely frustrating because it can be faded with fading creams, sun screen, sun shielding, and chemical peels, but it will recur with minimal sun exposure. It sometimes lightens without treatment over time if it occurs during pregnancy. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of melasma?

None: Melasma is a darkening of the skin that occurs on the cheek bones, nose, forehead.. It is not associated with any pain, itching or swelling. It can be distressing because it appears unsightly. It is can be caused by sun damage, hormones in birth control pills and hormone replacement therapy. It can become worse in pregnancy. Tretinoin, skin peels or laser treatments may help improve appearance. ...Read more

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How is the diagnosis of melasma made?

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Melasma: Melasma is diagnosed through its visual signs & personal history. A dermatologist may look at your skin under a device called wood's light. In some cases, rarely melasma may look like another skin condition, in which case the dermatologist may perform a biopsy and send it to a lab for diagnostic evaluation. ...Read more

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What is the best way to treat melasma?

What is the best way to treat melasma?

Combination: This is difficult to totally eradicate but a combination of microdermabrasion followed by laser with home treatment with bleaching agents offers a good option to sognificantly decrease melasma. Another option is the medium strength vi peel which can improve melasma within one week. ...Read more

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