Hyperpigmentation (Melasma)

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Hyperpigmentation (Melasma) Treatment in South Florida

What is hyperpigmentation?

Hyperpigmentation is caused by an increase in melanin, the substance in the body that is responsible for color (pigment).

What causes hyperpigmentation?

Certain conditions such as pregnancy or Addison's disease, which decrease the function of the adrenal gland, may cause a greater production of melanin and hyperpigmentation. Exposure to sunlight is a major cause of hyperpigmentation, and will darken already hyperpigmented areas. Hyperpigmentation can also be caused by various drugs, including some antibiotics, antiarrhythmics, and antimalarial medications.

What is melasma?

One type of hyperpigmentation is melasma (also known as chloasma). This condition is characterized by tan or brown patches, most commonly on the face. Melasma can occur in pregnant women and is often called the "mask of pregnancy". However, men can also develop this condition. Melasma frequently goes away after pregnancy. It can also be treated with certain prescription creams (such as hydroquinone).

If you have melasma, try to limit your exposure to sunlight. Use a strong sunscreen (SPF 15 or higher) at all times, because sunlight will worsen your condition. Sunblocks containing zinc oxide or titanium dioxide are best; although, sunscreens with Parsol 1789 (avobenzone) will also provide good protection.

If you are looking for a dermatology practice that specializes in hyperpigmentation (melasma) evaluation and treatment, please use the form on this page to schedule a consultation at Hollywood Dermatology or visit our contact page for information about our South Florida locations.

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Hollywood

TEL: 954.961.1200 | FAX: 954.961.1200

3850 Hollywood Blvd, Suite 403
Hollywood, FL 33021

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Pembroke Pines

TEL: 954.433.0455 | FAX: 954.433.0455

601 N. Flamingo Rd, Suite 313
Pembroke Pines, FL 33028

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Hallandale

TEL: 954.456.5050 | FAX: 954.456.5050

1250 E. Hallandale Beach Blvd, Suite 800
Hallandale, FL 33009

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West Miramar

TEL: 954.843.9443 | FAX: 954.843.9443

3000 SW 148th Ave, Suite 250
Miramar, FL 33027

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TEL: 786.272.2500 | FAX: 786.272.2500

3470 NW 82nd Ave, Suite 111
Doral, FL 33122

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