If you have developed patches of gray or brown on the face or body, you may be dealing with a condition known as melasma. Melasma is a discoloration of the skin that can happen gradually or suddenly. It typically affects the facial area where sun exposure is the greatest, but it can develop even on the neck and forearms. These areas of pigmentation can affect one’s confidence, which is why a diagnosis and treatment of melasma is the most desirable course of action. However, many patients ask: can melasma go away on its own?
To determine this, patients are evaluated to determine the cause of their melasma. In many cases, melasma can be triggered by certain changes in the body. This may include hormonal changes caused by pregnancy or birth control medications. Stress, phototoxic medications, sun exposure, and some skincare products can also trigger the onset of melasma. When this occurs, removing or eliminating the trigger can cause the condition to reverse and go away on its own. Women who develop melasma during their pregnancy may notice it fade away after they give birth to their child. Those who have melasma caused by previous sun exposure may experience melasma for many years. It can be difficult to determine the length of time melasma may be present and it won’t always subside without treatment.
How is melasma treated?
If melasma does not resolve on its own, patients are urged to talk to a medical provider about treatment options to lessen the pigmentation and make it less noticeable. This may include certain topical medications or light-based therapies. Patients can also ask about the use of certain cosmetics and makeup that can hide and disguise the pigmentation when possible.
Call Hollywood Dermatology and Cosmetic Specialists to speak to a professional about your options
If melasma is causing you to feel self-conscious about your appearance, we understand. Our team is here to help with the information you need to understand your condition and find a solution for treatment. Call our doctors at (954) 961-1200 to schedule a consultation appointment with a provider at any one of our several office locations throughout the South Florida area. We are committed to offering the best in dermatological care and welcome new patients into our facility.