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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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Please advise about diagnostic workup (lab, body exam, etc) for melasma, but specifically in men? Please see my profile before. Replying. Thank you.

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

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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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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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Cause of melasma and tell me if supplements needed for its removal???

Cause of melasma and tell me if supplements needed for its removal???

Sun exposure/hormone: 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

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What causes melasma? My friend randomly developed a spot on her face that she says is called melasma. What causes this? .

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

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Are there any types of birth control that don't cause melasma?

Are there any types of birth control that don't cause melasma?

Yes: Any non-hormonal type of birth control is not associated with melasma. This includes condoms, cervical cap, diaphragm or the copper containing iud. ...Read more

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Hi, can a laser treatment cause melasma? Hi, can a laser treatment CAUSE melasma?

Hi, can a laser treatment cause melasma? Hi, can a laser treatment CAUSE melasma?

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

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What would cause melasma in my sister (32) and I (26) about 6 months apart? We both have it on our top lip. : (im sorry... On my sister and i.

Hormones and sun: Melasma is a common problem which is mostly in women. It is related to estrogenic hormones and sun-exposure in women. Treatment needs to be directed to both. Pregnancy and birth control pills are common triggers in women.
See your dermatolgist. ...Read more

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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

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

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Any birth control pills that don't cause melasma or acne?

Any birth control pills that don't cause melasma or acne?

No: All of the available birth control pills, to my knowledge, have varying degrees of estrogen or estrogen-like components and as such can contribute to the development of melasma (in conjunction with sun-exposure). ...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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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 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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