Are you a momma-to-be who’s started noticing pesky large brown spots on your face that seem to have come out of nowhere? Or maybe you’re on birth control or spend a lot of time in the sun and are experiencing the same thing. These spots, also known as melasma, most often affect women between 20-50 years of age and can be brown, tan or blue-gray in color. If you’re suffering from melasma, these changes are certainly not welcomed ones. Dr. Sikorski of Natural Image OC has been helping women in Orange County put their best face forward for over 20 years, and she’s here to help you get rid of those unsightly spots with various types of melasma treatments. Keep reading to learn more about this frustrating skin condition and what Dr. Sikorski can do to help you regain your clean complexion.
How to Treat Melasma
Before Dr. Sikorski can provide you with melasma treatment, she will first have to examine your skin carefully. This is because melasma can sometimes look like other skin conditions. While it’s not always necessary, Dr. Sikorski may need to take a small biopsy, so she can be sure your dark spots are in fact due to melasma and not a more serious condition, such as skin cancer.
Orange County patients who have melasma caused by hormonal changes, such as pregnancy or birth control, often find that it fades on its own once the baby is born or when they stop taking birth control medication. However, some people can have melasma for a lifetime. If your melasma does not fade, or if you do not want to stop taking birth control or hormonal treatments, there are several melasma treatments available from Natural Image OC.
Some available melasma treatments offered by Dr. Sikorski are:
Hydroquinone: As a first step in your melasma treatment, Dr. Sikorski may choose to use hydroquinone to address your melasma. It is applied to the affected area and lightens the skin. It comes in a cream, lotion, gel, or liquid and is sometimes available without a prescription. This medication is a good place to start with your melasma treatment when dealing with mild conditions.
Tretinoin and corticosteroids: If hydroquinone doesn’t quite do the job, tretinoin and corticosteroids are additional options to enhance your skin lightening. Sometimes, you can get all three medications – hydroquinone, tretinoin and corticosteroid – in one convenient cream.
If your melasma is very dark and covers a large part of your face, Dr. Sikorski may recommend a dermatological procedure as a melasma treatment option. Some procedures that have proven to be effective in correcting melasma include:
Chemical Peel: a technique that removes the outermost layers of skin and is used to improve and smooth the texture of the skin.
Microdermabrasion: a non-invasive procedure that uses tiny crystals to exfoliate and remove the superficial layer of skin.
Dermabrasion: a surgical procedure that uses an exfoliating technique by using a rotating instrument to remove the outer layers of skin.
Laser Treatments: while laser treatments will speed up the removal of melasma, they will not cure the skin condition, meaning it could come back after your melasma treatment. Laser treatments should be considered a third-line approach when treating melasma.
Schedule Your Initial Consultation Today
If you’ve been suffering from melasma for any period of time, you’ve suffered for too long. You don’t have to live with this condition for your entire life, or even through your pregnancy. Make an appointment to consult with Dr. Sikorski in her Orange County area office today!
During your visit at Natural Image OC, she will be able to fully examine your affected area and create a melasma treatment plan best suited for your unique case. Call Dr. Sikorski today at to schedule a melasma treatment consultation at (949) 448-0487 and put your best face forward tomorrow.