Melasma and Hyperpigmentation Treatment in Ottawa
and Blotchy Skin Effectively
Also known as pregnancy mask, Melasma is a very common skin condition characterized by dark discoloration of sun-exposed areas on the face. Melasma typically appears as irregularly shaped but defined blotches of light- to dark-brown hyperpigmentation on the face. The patches are usually on the forehead, cheeks, nose, upper lip, and chin.
Common risk factors include:
- Sun exposure is probably the leading cause of Melasma
- Sex is a definite risk factor. Although men can be affected, women represent 90% of Melasma cases
- Women in their reproductive years (aged 30 to 50) are the most affected
- Hormones are another important risk factor. Pregnancy, taking birth control pills and hormone replacement therapy during menopause predisposes one to Melasma
- Individuals with darker olive skin complexion such as those of Hispanic, Asian and Middle Eastern descent are more prone to developing Melasma
- Exposure to some abrasive products or irritating treatments can also cause Melasma
- Some medications can be the cause, in a minority of cases (two examples are Dilantin and Hydantoin)
Melasma Treatment Options
Melasma is one the most frustrating chronic skin conditions for both the physicians and patients because it is very difficult to treat. But don’t worry, there are solutions for this all-too-common condition.
Treatment options include:
- Daily application of a good high-SPF sunscreen with UVA protection and protective clothing such as a wide brim hat
- Sun avoidance when possible, UVA screens for the car, home and work windows
- Jessner peels chemical formulations to improve skin clarity
- Intense Pulse Light (IPL) targets brown and red pigments in the skin, eliminating them and providing a more even and consistent tone
- Fraxel Dual 1927 Non-Ablative Laser Resurfacing is widely accepted as the gold standard laser treatment for Melasma, safely and effectively delivering dramatic results with minimal impact on your usual skin care routine (we recommend 3 treatments every 4 to 6 weeks to begin)
*Disclaimer: Results are not guaranteed. Experience may vary from one individual to the other. Please consult with your physician as these treatments may not be suitable for your specific condition.