What Is Melasma?

Melasma is a skin condition that appears in the form of dark, discolored skin patches. This condition is often referred to as the “mask of pregnancy” because it predominantly develops in pregnant women. However, both men and women can get this condition. The dark spots can dot the cheeks, forehead, nose, upper lip, and chin. If you’re experiencing the signs of this condition and are in need of treatment, Helena Dermatology is here to help. We offer topical medications to help manage the condition and sometimes laser therapy to remove the pigmentation (we do a test area first).

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What Causes Melasma?

Melasma and other similar pigmentation issues are often caused by overactive cells. Melanin clumping and ultraviolet (UV) light exposure are the most typical culprits for melasma. Though we know the cause of these concerns, the rate and severity of their appearance is hard to pinpoint. Sometimes dark spots show up very slowly, while at other times they can appear suddenly and without warning. Their unpredictable nature unfortunately means that we can’t control their onset. However, symptoms can be treated once they appear.

Melasma Treatment Options

Helena Dermatology tackles melasma and other similar skin conditions using a comprehensive treatment approach. When you visit us, we will take the time to examine your skin in order to determine the best treatment course. Afterward, we may recommend personalized topical medications or laser therapy treatments depending on your specific needs. Our treatments are carried out with your comfort in mind and rarely result in downtime.


Melasma Treatments in Helena, MT

Helena Dermatology is here to provide you with the care and support you need. Melasma can be seriously detrimental to personal health and happiness. If you are struggling with the sudden appearance of dark spots characteristic of this condition, we welcome you to try our laser therapy and medication solutions today. For expert dermatological care from our supportive staff, fill out the form below and schedule an appointment or give us a call at (406) 443-7200.

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