Melasma is unfortunately once again one of those annoying skin conditions that primarily affects women. Some men can also experience melasma though studies show that when melasma occurs 90% of whom it happens to are women.

So what is melasma?

Also known as chloasma or “the mask of pregnancy” when it occurs in pregnant women, melasma is surprisingly common, and is when patches of discoloration appear on your skin. The colour is usually darker than your skin colour and the patches usually appear to be symmetrical, so if you have patches of darker skin on one side of your face you’ll have something similar on the other side as well.

Melasma can appear anywhere on the face, such as your cheeks, your chin, your forehead, and even on the bridge of your nose. Melasma can also appear on other parts of your body, particularly in those areas where there is consistent exposure to the sun, so on your neck and forearms for example.

A number of factors are known to cause melasma: sensitivity to hormonal changes (pregnancy and birth control pills), thyroid problems, sun damage, and even stress.

If you have melasma it might make you feel super self-conscious and uncomfortable.

At the MD Beauty Clinic we want to alleviate your discomfort and make you feel confident again and allow you to enjoy the beauty within. We offer a number of treatments that will reverse the signs of melasma. We invite you for a complimentary consultation in order to assess what treatments would best suit your needs.

Depending on your needs, we will prescribe some combination of the following treatments to help reduce your melasma: