Melasma Toronto

Dark Patches on the Skin

An estimated 600,000 Canadian women​ have a skin condition known as melasma. Melasma is a​ discolouration of the skin in the form of brown or grayish splotches. These pigmented spots are most often found on the face, particularly on the forehead, cheeks, upper lip, and nose. It can also appear on the neck and forearms.

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Irregularly Pigmented Patches

Melasma is a complexion irregularity that i​s not a health risk, but can be troublesome. Dark patches of skin can be caused by excessive sun exposure, genetics, hormonal changes, and skin irritation.

While both men and women develop melasma, statistically it does affect more women — particularly those with darker skin (simply because they have more active cells that produce pigment). In fact, it frequently appears with pregnancy, which is called chloasma or "the mask of pregnancy".

Melasma rarely fades on its own, but we have a comprehensive program of products and procedures to h​elp you treat your melasma.

Our board-certified dermatologists have extensive knowledge of the skin and related issues. They have the medical know-how to accurately assess the dark patches on your skin to determine whether they are melasma, and how best to treat it. It is only with this assessment that an effective treatment can be created for you.

The cause of your melasma is unique to you. The cumulative effects of sun exposure may not be the primary cause of your melasma, but medical research has shown that it can certainly make it worse. For this reason, it is of the utmost importance that you always protect your skin from the sun. That means wearing a hat and applying a broad spectrum sunscreen. Make sure that the sunscreen you use is suitable for your skin. Unsuitable products applied topically can cause irritation, which is another cause of melasma.

Melasma Treatment FAQ

Melasma is a skin condition that can fade with time, particularly if it develops with pregnancy, h​owever,​ it cannot be cured. There are many medical aesthetic treatments t​hat can improve melasma and you can work with one of our board-certified dermatologists to prevent future melasma flares.

Skin affected by melasma is more responsive to the hormone, estrogen. Estrogen has been found to stimulate pigmentation, which in turn increases the risk of melasma. 

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To learn more about how one of our board-certified dermatologists can help you get rid of melasma, please complete this form, text or call us at 647-351-9277.

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