Melasma and skin discoloration treatment options at Eternal Dermatology and Aesthetic Center

At Eternal Dermatology and Aesthetic Center, Dr. Ife Rodney and her team are dedicated to helping patients with their skin care needs. This includes medical and cosmetic dermatology services. Learning more about the condition and effective treatment options for patients diagnosed with skin discoloration caused by melasma is key to restoring appearance and confidence. Melasma appears as dark patches on sun-exposed areas, such as the face and neck. It can be distressing to both women and men. Our board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Rodney, specializes in treating skin discoloration in Columbia, Maryland, and surrounding areas. Treatments include chemical peels, laser treatments, skin resurfacing, microneedling, creams and more.

What is melasma?

This common skin problem causes dark patches on the face, especially the forehead, nose, and cheeks. Other areas frequently exposed to the sun, like your neck and arms, may also be affected.

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

Who gets melasma?

While most cases are seen in women between the ages of 20 – 50 years, men make up about 10% of those affected. Because it 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 the pigment that gives your skin its color. This is due to genetic predisposition, sun exposure, or hormonal changes, like during pregnancy.

How does a dermatologist treat melasma?

The first step in treatment involves using a broad-spectrum sunscreen, protective clothing, and a hat. Because sun exposure is a trigger, sun protection is vital. Remember that some sunscreens are better than others at preventing skin discoloration. Your dermatologist can help you choose the right sunscreen for you.

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

  • Chemical peels
  • Laser treatments
  • Microneedling
  • Customized skincare products 
  • Prescription medications
  • Exfoliating facials

How do chemical peels treat melasma and skin discoloration?

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.

If melasma or discolored skin interferes with your appearance or confidence, contact Eternal Dermatology and Aesthetic Center today!

Call (301) 479-6544 to request an appointment with Dr. Rodney or schedule an appointment online here on our website. Our practice is open to new and returning patients.

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Dr. Ife Rodney is double board-certified, highly rated, and takes a patient-centered and customized approach to care.  She is a top acne expert and cosmetic dermatologist in Columbia and Howard County, MD. Contact us today to learn how Dr. Rodney can help you look and feel your best.

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