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Melasma In Men Causes
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can men ever get melasma or just women? Can only women get melasma or have some men been reported as having developed the condition as well? .
Men too: Most patients are women, but I've seen some men with melasma as well. ...Read more
Please advise about diagnostic workup (lab, body exam, etc) for melasma, but specifically in men? Please see my profile before. Replying. Thank you.
None really: I read your profile, you saw that nothing really matter in this condition Regular primary care exam, consult with a dermatologist and control of BP and general health maintenance will help. Fading cream may be the only thing that work temporarily ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
The color producing cells in the skin are producing too much color. Usually women experience this problem. Typically, any change in hormones can trigger this, ie, pregnancy, birth control pills, hormone replacement. Also sun exposure can trigger this.
There aren't supplements to remove this. You need to see a dermatologist as there are many different approaches to lightening the affected skin. ...Read more
What causes melasma? My friend randomly developed a spot on her face that she says is called melasma. What causes this? .
Melasma: Melasma is a common acquired increase in pigmentation occuring exclusively in sun-exposed areas that is typically brownish in color. It tends to be prominent (but not exclusively) among latinos and asians, and more apparent during and after periods of sun exposure. It mostly arises from pregnancy (chloasma) and oral contraceptives, but can also be associated with endocrine dysfunction, genetic factors, certain medications, nutritional deficiencies, among other things. ...Read more
Melasma: Melasma is usually caused by hormonal changes causing darkening of the skin. Laser therapy is often used to treat melasma. Initially after laser treatment the skin will get darker until it sloughs and heals. ...Read more
Been researching, realized HRT caused my melasma I'm devastated can I just stop this HRT patch or do I need to talk to dr.? I'm so upset. Tyvm
It would not be a: Good idea to stop your HRT abruptly at this time. Make an appointment to discuss your concerns with your health care provider. Alternative treatments and management of your melasma may be available. ...Read more
HELP 2 questions. I have melasma on my upper lip, what is the cause? & is there a cure apsrt from hydroquinone, is there some medication?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer