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Suggest some cream for melasma. After having baby I have developed melasma. And now kid 4years still melasma not gone.

Dr. Manvinder Kaur 91% (970 ratings)
PGDHHM, MBBS
General Physician, Delhi
Suggest some cream for melasma. After having baby I have developed melasma. And now kid 4years still melasma not gone.
Melasma often fades on its own after pregnancy or after woman stops taking contraceptive pills. Skin lightening creams can help in melasma too
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5 Causes Of Melasma And Its Treatment!

Dermatologist, Anand
5 Causes Of Melasma And Its Treatment!

A common skin condition, which causes the discoloration of your skin in patches across the face, melasma is more of a social embarrassment and cause for distress rather than being a serious condition. Although it affects men as well, studies have shown that over 90 percent of patients are women. It is also known as the mask of pregnancy as many pregnant women develop this skin condition.

Causes of Melasma

Primary causes of melasma have been attributed to various hormonal changes within the body. Let's look at some of the factors that may cause this disorder:

  1. Pregnancy: This is often attributed as the leading cause of melasma, the primary cause has often been attributed to hormonal changes that a woman may experience due to pregnancy.
  2. Treatments that may change hormonal balance: Women on contraceptive pills or who have implants such as intrauterine devices may also develop this disorder. This is due to the balance of estrogen and progesterone being changed within the body.
  3. Sun exposure: Continued sun exposure may also lead to melasma. This is due to the activation of melanocytes within the body which start producing more melanin.
  4. Stress: Long periods of stress on the body can also trigger hormonal changes and cause melasma.
  5. Thyroid problems: If someone suffers from Hypothyroidism or low levels of the thyroid hormone, it can trigger other hormonal changes and also cause this skin disorder. 

It has also been noticed that people with generally a darker skin tone tend to get melasma and it is less common in people with fairer skin.

Certain characteristics of Melasma

Melasma develops in certain patterns which can be easily diagnosed either as spots on the skin similar to freckles or brown patches of skin that grow bigger. Some of these patterns are:

  1. Malar pattern: This grows on the nose and cheeks
  2. Mandibular pattern: Starts growing around the jaw line
  3. Brachial melasma: This grows on the upper arms and shoulders
  4. Lateral cheek pattern: Grows on the cheek on both sides of the face
  5. Centrofacial pattern: Nose, upper lips, forehead and cheeks

Treatment of Melasma

Most women who develop melasma during pregnancy report that it goes away after childbirth. However certain forms of melasma may appear in non-pregnant women due to hormonal changes. Treating the underlying hormonal changes usually, resolves the problem. However certain other methods may be required to resolve the issues such as skin creams, chemical peels, dermabrasion and microdermabrasion.

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Melasma - Charecterstics That You Need To Be Aware About!

Dr. R.P Soni 84% (26 ratings)
MBBS, MD - Dermatology
Dermatologist, Guwahati
Melasma - Charecterstics That You Need To Be Aware About!

A common skin condition, which causes the discoloration of your skin in patches across the face, melasma is more of a social embarrassment and cause for distress rather than being a serious condition. Although it affects men as well, studies have shown that over 90 percent of patients are women. It is also known as the mask of pregnancy as many pregnant women develop this skin condition.

Causes of Melasma

Primary causes of melasma have been attributed to various hormonal changes within the body. Let's look at some of the factors that may cause this disorder:

  1. Pregnancy: This is often attributed as the leading cause of melasma, the primary cause has often been attributed to hormonal changes that a woman may experience due to pregnancy.
  2. Treatments that may change hormonal balance: Women on contraceptive pills or who have implants such as intrauterine devices may also develop this disorder. This is due to the balance of estrogen and progesterone being changed within the body.
  3. Sun exposure: Continued sun exposure may also lead to melasma. This is due to the activation of melanocytes within the body which start producing more melanin.
  4. Stress: Long periods of stress on the body can also trigger hormonal changes and cause melasma.
  5. Thyroid problems: If someone suffers from Hypothyroidism or low levels of the thyroid hormone, it can trigger other hormonal changes and also cause this skin disorder. 

It has also been noticed that people with generally a darker skin tone tend to get melasma and it is less common in people with fairer skin.

Certain characteristics of Melasma

Melasma develops in certain patterns which can be easily diagnosed either as spots on the skin similar to freckles or brown patches of skin that grow bigger. Some of these patterns are:

  1. Malar pattern: This grows on the nose and cheeks
  2. Mandibular pattern: Starts growing around the jaw line
  3. Brachial melasma: This grows on the upper arms and shoulders
  4. Lateral cheek pattern: Grows on the cheek on both sides of the face
  5. Centrofacial pattern: Nose, upper lips, forehead and cheeks

Treatment of Melasma

Most women who develop melasma during pregnancy report that it goes away after childbirth. However certain forms of melasma may appear in non-pregnant women due to hormonal changes. Treating the underlying hormonal changes usually, resolves the problem. However certain other methods may be required to resolve the issues such as skin creams, chemical peels, dermabrasion and microdermabrasion.

I am using melano tx cream and my melasma faded but I want to know how many time it will take to completely disappear from my face.

Dr. Narasimhalu C.R.V.(Professor) 96% (50020 ratings)
MD, MBBS
Dermatologist, Chennai
I am using melano tx cream and my melasma faded but I want to know how many time it will take to completely disappear...
4 months. Undergo glutathione therapy. Otherwise, few creams also available. Contact me by direct online consultation for treatment.
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I am 20. I am effect by melasma on my forehead and cheeks? How can I treat it and how can it gone from my face.

Dr. Manvinder Kaur 91% (970 ratings)
PGDHHM, MBBS
General Physician, Delhi
I am 20. I am effect by melasma on my forehead and cheeks? How can I treat it and how can it gone from my face.
melasma often fades on its own after pregnancy or after stoping taking contraceptive pills, if any. Skin lightening creams can help in some cases of melasma.
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Melasma: Signs And Symptoms You Must Not Ignore!

Dr. Rajeshwari Jarupula 83% (10 ratings)
MBBS, MD - Dermatology , Venereology & Leprosy
Dermatologist, Hyderabad
Melasma: Signs And Symptoms You Must Not Ignore!

Melasma is a common skin problem where the skin becomes patchy brown, tan, or there is blue grey facial skin discoloration. It is also known as chloasma or mask of pregnancy. It occurs in women during the reproductive years and occurs rarely in men. It is primarily related to external sun exposure, external hormones like birth control pills and internal hormonal changes seen during pregnancy. Women with Melasma have a history of daily or intermittent sun exposure.

  • Symptoms of Melasma: Melasma causes patches of discoloration, which are darker than typical skin colour. It occurs symmetrically with matching marks on both sides of face. It normally appears on the upper cheeks, upper lip, forehead and chin. It can also occur on the other areas of one's body which are often exposed to sun. Skin discoloration is not physically harmful, but it can affect the self-confidence of a person. Darker skinned individuals are more at risk as compared to fair skinned individuals. Melasma is associated with oestrogen and progesterone sensitivity, thus it can be triggered by birth control pills, pregnancy and hormone therapy. In few cases, stress and thyroid disease can also cause Melasma. Women taking hormone replacement therapy during menopause are also at high risk of getting Melasma
  • Diagnosis of Melasma: A visual exam of the affected area is sufficient to diagnose Melasma. The doctor will perform the wood's lamp examination that uses ultraviolet (UV) light to look at the skin closely. However, the doctor may perform a biopsy to check for any serious skin conditions.
  • Treatment of Melasma: When Melasma is caused by pregnancy or birth control pills, it disappears on its own. One can use creams containing hydroquinone or prescribed topical steroids, which can lighten the tone of the affected areas. Other options include chemical peels, dermabrasion and microdermabrasion which will remove the upper layers of skin and help lighten dark patches. In cases of severe Melasma, doctor may suggest laser treatments to remove the dark pigment.

It is quite possible that Melasma will clear up with treatment, there are things one must do to not to aggravate the condition and minimize appearance of the discoloration. These include usage of makeup to cover areas of discoloration, wearing sunscreen daily or wearing a hat with wide brim to provide shade to the face. The patients with Melasma are known to be at a lesser risk for Melanoma. Even if Melasma disappears, it can strike back especially if preventive measures regarding exposure to sun are not followed. Resolution with strict sun avoidance and topical bleaching creams can take sufficient time and patients should expect slow, but gradual lightening. In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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I have melasma on my forehead and on neck, both sides of my nose. Can any one please suggest me a medicine Thanking you.

Dr. Shriganesh Diliprao Deshmukh 91% (2533 ratings)
International Academy of Classical Homeopathy, BHMS
Homeopath, Pune
I have melasma on my forehead and on neck, both sides of my nose. Can any one please suggest me a medicine Thanking you.
Tak china off 12c 2tims dy for wk arnica 30 one dose per dy for wk sulph 30 once dy for 10 days sil 200 one dose inform me progres Ask me in private so dat we can discuss in better manner and also you wil improve Also we can change d medicine.
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I have a butterfly melasma on face since 3 years. Have tried few medicines. But not getting rid of it. Kindly suggest the treatment.

Dr. Jayvirsinh Chauhan 94% (14154 ratings)
MD - Homeopathy, BHMS
Homeopath, Vadodara
I have a butterfly melasma on face since 3 years. Have tried few medicines. But not getting rid of it. Kindly suggest...
You should consult and take proper treatment... you can consult me at lybrate... Till then take Sepia 30
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I have dark patches around my neck. I used tretin cream+glyco A cream by a doctor's prescribed. But not a little change happened. I have this patches since I was a kid. Please prescribe me something to completely cure this.

Dr. Narasimhalu C.R.V.(Professor) 96% (50020 ratings)
MD, MBBS
Dermatologist, Chennai
I have dark patches around my neck. I used tretin cream+glyco A cream by a doctor's prescribed. But not a little chan...
You are suffering from hormonal changes causing Androgenetic alopecia causing hair fall. It's completely stoppable even regrowth of hair is possible with certain medications without any side effects. Treatment depends on the grade of hair loss. So, it's a must for diagnosing which grade, you are in for an effective treatment. Please send photos of your head, by direct online consultation for accurate diagnosis and proper treatment.
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I have melasma on cheeks and nose. Is there any permanent treatment for melasma? What precautions have to take to reduce melasma on face and not to spread over on face?

Dr. Pavan Murdeshwar 93% (2631 ratings)
MCh - Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
Cosmetic/Plastic Surgeon, Bangalore
I have melasma on cheeks and nose. Is there any permanent treatment for melasma? What precautions have to take to red...
Hello. The blemishes or freckles can be treated by many ways. The sunscreen lotion definitely helps in further worsening of the condition if you are in the tropical zone. But these are best treated by the laser skin rejuvenation which permanently removes such pigmentation. Do consult a skin specialist for the same. You can consult online with me as well.
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