The joys of new motherhood aside, there’s one potential side effect of pregnancy most women would likely rather live without: melasma. Thought to be caused by hormonal changes – like those that occur during pregnancy, particularly during the second and third trimesters, or as a result of taking birth control pills or certain other types of medication – melasma may appear as areas of hyperpigmentation, dark skin or discolouration on the face, abdomen or other parts of the body.
Melasma treatment can be effective in the majority of patients. This type of skin pigmentation is more commonly seen during the summer months to its high UV rating. It is a unique form of hormonal pigmentation that is mostly seen in women. Melasma can be improved by up to 80% with a combination of prescription creams, gentle chemical peels and special lasers. Read on to find out why melasma happens and learn about possible melasma treatments at our Clinic.