Melasma & Chloasma

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What is Melasma?

From the American Academy of Dermatology

"Melasma (muh-LAZ-muh) is a common skin problem. It causes brown to gray-brown patches, usually on the face. Most people get it on their cheeks, bridge of their nose, forehead, chin, and above their upper lip. It also can appear on other parts of the body that get lots of sun, such as the forearms and neck."

Melasma tends to be more frequent with women than men. This is especially true of pregnant women. In fact, melasma is sometimes called "the mask of pregnancy" due to the frequency in which it occurs in pregnant women.

What Is Chloasma?

Chloasma is another name for Melasma.  It is a temporary darkening of the skin, primarily on the face. While it usually fades, some people have it for years. 

Who is likely to be affected by Melasma & Chloasma?

It is said that Melasma & Chloasma affects over five million Americans and generally appears on people with darker skin tones because they have more active melanocytes than those with lighter skin tones. 

Can they be treated?

This the hardest thing we treat in skin care.  But we have found a way to combat this problem using several modalitiesTOGETHER.

  • ClearLift Laser breaks up pigmentation
  • Dye VL’s narrow band of light targets the melanin and broken up pigment, which lifts and exfoliates like no other IPL laser!
  • Retinol Brightening Serum –  the most powerful lightener with 2% retinol, plus Kojic Acid, Alpha Arbutin, and Liquorice Root.
  • PCA Peel with Hydroquinone and Resorcinol – medical grade peel fades stubborn surface pigment in between Dye VL treatments.
  • SheerZinc Sunscreen – protect your new, beautiful, even-toned skin and prevent any new pigment spots from popping up.