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Does epiduo help melasma?

Does epiduo help melasma?

Not really: Epiduo is a combination of benzoyl peroxide and adapalene. While it is an excellent choice for acne, and the Adapalene may slightly help to lighten discolored skin, it is not a treatment for melasma. Melasma is a patchy discoloration in the skin that results from hormonal fluctuations and sun exposure. It is best treated with fading creams, chemical peels, sunscreen, and sun avoidance. ...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 are the symptoms of melasma?

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 other conditions may be mistaken for melasma?

Please see: Please see your dermatologist for evaluation and to discuss treatment options. There are several. ...Read more

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How can u prevent melasma?

How can u prevent melasma?

No: Melasma can be caused by birth control pills, pregnancy or be idiopathic (cause unknown). It more common in hispanics and asians. Avoidance of sun helps. ...Read more

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Cure for melasma that is permanent?

Cure for melasma that is permanent?

Melasma cure?: Melasma is very challenging to treat and there is no cure. The goal is pigment control. Combination therapy is the typical strategy. Peels, topicals and laser treatments may be used to reduce pigment deposits. Daily spf use cannot be overstated. Consult with a facial cosmetic surgeon or dermatologist that specializes in treatment of melasma and other pigment disorders for a regimen that's best. ...Read more

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What is a good sunblock for melasma?

Zinc or titanium: We can't recommend specific products on HealthTap. However, the best sunscreen for melasma is something with zinc or titanium oxide, the more, the better. These are physical blockers that will not break down when exposed to sunlight. Other types of sunblock can break down in sunlight, leaving you without protection. ...Read more

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Has kojic acid been proven to lighten melasma? Tyvm

Does to some extent: Doctors use Kojic acid by itself or along with other medicines to lighten the skin to some or great extent. ...Read more

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What are some cures for melasma? Besides rentins and hydro creams?

Melasma: In conjunction with home cream applications, in-office treatments include chemical peels (chemical exfoliation), microdermabrasion (mechanical exfoliation), and laser therapy. These additional treatments may be useful for some cases of melasma. ...Read more

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Is there a treatment for melasma?

Peels, laser: Bleaching creams are helpful, but a combination treatment may be needed combining laser with a q switched yag and bleaching cream. A newer non irritating bleaching products obtains coffeberry extract revaleskin for people sensitive to hydroquinone. ...Read more

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What is the guaranteed treatment of melasma??

What is the guaranteed treatment of melasma??

A difficult problem: Melasma is one of the more difficult skin conditions to treat. There are skin lighteners, lasers and other topical treatments which can help lighten the skin overtime. However, effects of hormones and ultraviolet light are constantly working against you to lay pigment down in the skin. Whatever method you use, make sure you were wearing the highest SPF sunscreen every day. ...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?

Great question: A tough but good question. It is thought to be caused by the stimulation of melanocytes or pigment-producing cells estrogen and progesterone. This can cause those cells to produce more melanin pigment when the skin is exposed to sun. Pregnancy can trigger this as can the use of birth control pills. It is a frustrating condition to have and to try and treat as there are no guaranteed treatments. ...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?

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 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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What is melasma, and can men get it as well as women?

What is melasma, and can men get it as well as women?

Yes: Yes both can get melasma although it is usually much more common in women than men. Especially in cases of pregnancy for women. Often it is seen as a darkening of pigment with patterns on face and body with varying severity. It is thought to be a significant reaction to hormonal changes in the body. ...Read more

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Started spirolonactone 2 weeks ago and think that my melasma is worsening. Is this possible?

NO: Melasma not due to spirnolactone. Why taking it? Dose? Other meds? Birth control? Menstrual and pregnancy history? The answer is in the details. You can treat melasma if you wish. ...Read more

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Where does melasma most commonly develop? What areas of the body does melasma most often develop? .

Where does melasma most commonly develop? What areas of the body does melasma most often develop? .

Face: Almost all of the time it is on the face. I've seen 1 patient who had it on their arms. ...Read more

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Where does melasma most commonly develop? What areas of the body does melasma most often develop? . .

Where does melasma most commonly develop? What areas of the body does melasma most often develop? . .

Melasma: Melasma commonly develops on cheeks, forehead, nasal bridge, chin and upper lip. Forearms and neck may also be, infrequently, affected. Women are most commonly affected, frequently during pregnancy, hence the name "mask of pregnancy".
Sun protection is key to control. Combination treatment works best to minimize pigmentation changes. ...Read more

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Are there different kinds of melasma? Are there sub-categories of melasma or is it all considered the same no matter what? .

Are there different kinds of melasma? Are there sub-categories of melasma or is it all considered the same no matter what? .

Melasma types: Melasma is sometimes classified into 3 types. Epidermal (superficial), dermal (deep) and mixed. Epidermal melanoma responds readily to treatment, whereas dermal melanoma responds poorly. Mixed melanoma responds partially to treatment.
Melasma is very challenging to treat. Combination treatment is often needed for best improvement. Daily sunscreen is a must. Maintenance treatment is needed for most. ...Read more

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Are there different kinds of melasma? Are there sub-categories of melasma or is it all considered the same no matter what? .

All melasma: Melasma is the inclusive diagnosis, but the areas of the face and body which are affected may be different between people. ...Read more

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Should I go into the sun if I have melasma? If I have melasma already should I try and stay out of the sun or does it matter? .

Melasma: The first 3 treatments for melanoma are: sun avoidance, sun protection, sunblock. Even if you pay lots of money for cosmetic treatments to lighten or remove melasma and then return to unprotected sun, it will come back and you will have wasted money. Buy a big hat and wear it--you'll look great! ...Read more

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How to get rid of melasma?

Hydroquinone: Hydroquinone over-the-counter remedies are available, but you must be patient and stay out of the sun. A dermatologist can offer stronger treatments. Be sure that this is what you want to do rather than something you think you should do or need to do -- it's your choice. ...Read more

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Is melasma related to lupus?

Melasma: Melasma is very different than lupus. No, . ...Read more