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07 31 2020

Treating Melasma in New Jersey

What is Melasma?
Melasma, also called the mask of pregnancy, is a type of discoloration that is often seen in pregnant women. The condition has several causes: changes in hormones that affect the skin, exposure to the sun and skin irritation from chemicals. Some men and women may be genetically predisposed to receiving the condition. It is mostly common in women who are pregnant or taking hormonal medications.

How Melasma Can Be Treated
There are different forms of treatment that are effective in fading skin discolorations, such as:
- Chemical peels

- Dermabrasion

- Microdermabrasion

Chemical Peels
Chemical peels involve the removal of skin layers using acidic skin-safe chemicals. The procedure is mostly done on the face to reduce scarring, acne, wrinkles and other skin imperfections. Once the old skin is removed, the skin begins to regenerate new tissue as a replacement. The most common types of chemical peels are:
- Alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) 

- Salicylic acid

- Retinoic acid

- Phenol-croton oil

Dermabrasion is the process of abrading the top and inner layers of the skin using one or more mechanical devices, such as a wire brush or salt crystals. The skin heals and regenerates its layers completely after one to four weeks. Dermabrasion is popular because it is safer than laser treatments and more effective than other types.

Microdermabrasion only involves removing epidermal layers using an exfoliant and a vacuum suction device. It is the simpler, easier and more pain free option to dermabrasion.

There is a myth that melasma can fade on its own after a woman stops being pregnant or taking hormonal pills. But every individual is different, and some women have the condition for years. Fortunately, at the Medical Aesthetic Center, located in New Jersey, we offer options for treating melasma. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and discuss the best treatment option for you. 

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