Chronic Pigmentation Disorder of the Skin

Melasma is a chronic disorder that causes brownish patches which appear symmetrical, usually on the face. It is sometimes called chloasma or the “mask of pregnancy” because it can often begin with the increase in hormones experienced during pregnancy.

Hormonal changes are a common cause of melasma, primarily affecting women with darker skin tones. Other potential causes for melasma include skin care products, medication and sun exposure.

Symptoms, Diagnosis and Outlook

Skin discoloration is the primary symptom of melasma. Treatments to minimize the discoloration can include topical medications, sunscreen, chemical peels and laser therapy.

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Why Choose Penn State Health for Care

Comprehensive Treatment for Melasma

At Penn State Health, our dermatologists and skin care team at Esteem Penn State Health Cosmetic Associates [offer leading-edge skin care, including chemical peels and laser therapies. We also specialize in treating skin of color and skin with hyperpigmentation. Our staff works with you to design a treatment plan that can have the most impact on your skin tone, at an affordable price.

Expert Care for Skin Conditions

The team of specialists in Penn State Health’s Department of Dermatology handles more than 61,000 patient visits every year. As one of the highest-ranked clinics for patient satisfaction in Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, the department has earned national recognition.

Our medical team is consistently honored with Best Doctors in America and America’s Top Doctors awards. Our specialists also participate in worldwide conferences and speaking engagements in countries including India, Korea, Germany, Japan and others.

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