Melasma Q & A


Melasma appears as dark patches on sun exposed areas, like the face and neck, and can be distressing to both women and men. The expert dermatologist at Eternal Dermatology, Ife Rodney, MD specializes in the treatment melasma and other types of hyperpigmentation in and around the Bowie and Laurel, Maryland areas.  At Eternal Dermatology, melasma treatments consist of microneedling, medications, chemical peels and microdermabrasion, as well as their customized product line.

If melasma makes you look older than you are, affects your self-esteem, or if you just want more even, younger looking skin, or you just want a more even skin tone, call the office or book an appointment online today.

What is melasma?

Melasma is a common skin problem, that causes dark patches to appear on the face, especially the forehead, bridge of the nose, cheeks, chin and above your upper lip. Other areas of the body that are frequently exposed to the sun, like your neck and arms, may also be affected.

While melasma is not itchy are painful, many people choose to seek treatment because the discolored patches on the face may affect their appearance and self-confidence.


Who gets melasma?

While most cases of melasma are seen in women between the ages of 20 – 50 years, men make up about 10% those affected. Because melasma is more common in women who are pregnant or taking birth control pills, many experts believe that this condition may be related to hormonal changes. Other factors that increase your risk of getting melasma include sun exposure, having a relative with melasma, and darker skin.


What causes melasma?

Melasma occurs when your body overproduces melanin, the pigment that gives your skin its color. This happens because of genetic predisposition, sun exposure or hormones.  When it occurs in pregnancy, melasma may be known as “cloasma” or “the mask of pregnancy.”


How does a dermatologist treat melasma?

The first step in the treatment of melasma involves using a broad-spectrum sunscreen, as well as protective clothing and a hat. Because sun exposure is a trigger for, and worsens melasma, sun protection is key. As some sunscreens are better than others at preventing the dark skin discoloration of melasma, it is important that you schedule your consultation with Dr. Rodney, a board-certified dermatologist.

In addition to sunscreens, the team at Eternal Dermatology offers several treatment options, including:

  • Chemical peels
  • Microneedling
  • Microdermabrasion
  • A customized product line
  • Prescription medications


How do chemical peels treat melasma?

Chemical peels gently exfoliate the top layers of your skin to reveal more even tone and texture. They also stimulate collagen deeper in the skin, resulting in younger, firmer skin with reduced pore size. Dr. Rodney designs a gentle, yet effective chemical peel, customized to your skin’s needs.

If melasma is interfering with your appearance or confidence, call Eternal Dermatology or book an appointment online to discuss your treatment options today.

Eternal Dermatology
11711 E Market Place, Suite 100
Fulton, MD 20759
Phone: 301-679-5772
Fax: 240-654-0408
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