skip to main content
Effective March 24, 2023 the Forefront Dermatology practice located at 706 W. Huron Street in Ann Arbor will be closing. If you have an appointment scheduled after this date in our Ann Arbor – Huron Street location, your appointment date, time and the provider you are scheduled with will remain the same, however, the location of the appointment will be changed to our office located at 305 E. Eisenhower Parkway Suite 320 Ann Arbor, MI 48108.

What is Melasma?

Melasma appears on the face as sections of tan or dark skin not consistent with the patient’s normal skin color. Melasma usually appears slowly and is thought to be the result of sensitivity to hormonal changes. The dark facial patches are irregularly shaped and have no symptoms beyond their appearance. There are no long-term physiological effects of melasma; however, melasma may cause mild depression in people who are concerned about its effect on their appearance.

What does Melasma look like?

Melasma is the result of increased production of melanocytes through the hormones progesterone and estrogen when the face is exposed to ultraviolet light.

Melasma appears as sections of skin – almost always on the face – that are darker than the patient’s normal skin tone. These patches can range in color from tan or brown, to gray-brown.

Though melasma may appear on the forearms and neck, these areas are far less likely to show melasma symptoms.

What gets Melasma ?

Almost all melasma patients are women, particularly women who:

  • Are pregnant
  • Are pre-menopausal
  • Take oral contraceptives
  • Take patch contraceptives
  • Use hormone replacement therapy drugs
  • Have a darker (more tan) skin color and live in sunny areas
  • Have a family history of melasma
  • Are allergic to certain medications or cosmetics
  • Thyroid disease may also spur the appearance of melasma.

What can treat Melasma ?

Though some women can suffer from melasma for years due to their use of contraceptives, melasma usually subsides of its own accord after time, usually a few months. Dermatologists can treat melasma with topical depigmenting agents or other medications. Continued sun exposure, however, may render such treatments ineffective.

Get Melasma treatment at Ann Arbor, Michigan

This Forefront Dermatology clinic, is led by board-certified dermatologists, Dr. Albert Cattell and Dr. Sonam Rama, offering Melasma treatment to the residents of Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Call (734) 996-8757 or fill out the consult form to request your appointment today.

Interested in Melasma Treatment? Request a consultation with a skin specialist today.