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Dr. William Singer
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Hormone (Definition)

A hormone (from greek ὁρμή, "impetus") is a chemical released by a cell or a gland in one part of the body that sends out messages that affect cells in other parts of the organism. Only a little amount of hormone is required to alter cell metabolism. In essence, it is a chemical messenger that transports a signal from ...Read more


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Will balancing your hormones in perimenopuase with birth control pills make your melasma go away completly? Mine has improved some since....

Will balancing your hormones in
 perimenopuase with birth control
pills make your melasma go away
completly?  Mine has improved
some since....

Unfortunately no: Balancing your hormones will definitely help but you will need to be very good at sun protection and you may need to use Retin-A with hydroquinone (prescription) to get it to go away completely. ...Read more

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I have melasma spots all over my face from past pregnancy and bcp/hormones. Don't want retin-a or hydroquinone 2nd to chemicals. Any effective lasertx?

Various treatments: Melasma can be frustrating to have and a challenge to treat. Daily sun protection is important. Often the best results may occur by using a combination of treatments. These include topical treatments, peels and sometimes laser. Lasers can be helpful, but i recommend treatment with low energies, as higher energies can sometimes stimulate pigment worsening. Even when tx helps, recurrence is common. ...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 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 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

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Is there a treatment for melasma?

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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Does betnovate n works on melasma?

No, it does not: Please do not use it. It can ruin your facial skin and cause rosacea, acne, skin thinning, dilated blood vessels and stretch marks. Some changes can be permanent. ...Read more

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Any luck getting rid of melasma easily?

Any luck getting rid of melasma easily?

Unfortuneately not: There is no easy way to get rid of melasma. The goal is control. Combination therapy is typical. Peels, topicals and laser treatments may be used. Daily spf use cannot be overstated. Consult with a cosmetic surgeon or dermatologist that specializes in melasma and other pigment disorders. ...Read more

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Looking for melasma treatment I can buy cheap?

Melasma: The most common melasma therapies include 2% hydroquinone (hq) creams like the over-the-counter products esoterica and porcelana and prescription 4% creams like obagi clear, glyquin, tri-luma, and solaquin. Products with hq concentrations above 2% generally require a prescription. Clinical studies show that creams containing 2% hq can be very effective in lightening the skin and less irritating th. ...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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Can spironolactone cause melasma or make it worse?

Can spironolactone cause melasma or make it worse?

Not known: Melasma can worsen due to estrogen, progesterone, sun exposure, etc. Spironolactone can lower testosterone, so in theory it could increase estrogen slightly, but have never seen it described as causing or worsening melasma. ...Read more

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Eli would like to know best treatment for melasma?

Eli would like to know best treatment for melasma?

Discuss with your : Dermatlogist . Commonly used meds include hydroquinone, topical steroids, and retinoic acid. Avoidance of hormone pills and excessive sun exposure would prevent it from getting worse. Check some chinese stores for sebo de macho. Best of luck! ...Read more

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How do you treat melasma without surgery or laser?

Difficult: Melasma is impossible to cure but it my be controlled. Stay out of sun. always have a physical sun block on at all times when outdoors. Hydroquinine at least 4% for short peroids of time and exfoliation. These are nnsurgical means ...Read more

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I am suffering from melasma kindly tell me its treatment?

I am suffering from melasma kindly tell me its treatment?

Dark spot on face: Retin-a may help as would hydroquinone, but first see a dermatologist to make sure it is not anything serious. ...Read more

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Hi how can be melasma spots on a face be treated Thanks?

Hi how can be melasma spots on a face be treated   Thanks?

Melasma?: Melasma or changes in facial coloring is related to hormonal changes. Since you are post-menopausal age, are you taking hormone or estrogen replacement therapy? Are the changes recent or long term? Talk with your GYN or dermatologist about options such as creams or laser therapy. If taking hormonal therapy, the changes may be chronic as long as you take estrogen/progesterone. ...Read more

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What is the difference between melasma and hyperpigmentation?

What is the difference between melasma and hyperpigmentation?

Hyperpigmentation: Is increased skin pigmentation due to increase melanin production by the melanocytes. It can be due to external factors ( sun exposure, meds side effect etc. Or medical conditions such as adrenal or kidney problems etc.Melasma is one cause of increase pigmentation.http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/mobileart.asp?articlekey=114398&page=1 http://www.Rightdiagnosis.Com/sym/hyperpigmentation.Htm. ...Read more

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Dr. Emily Altman
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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