Over the years, have you noticed the development of gray-brown patches on your skin, most likely on your face? If you’re tired of covering them up or worrying you look older than your age, we want to assure you your concerns are far from hopeless! These patches could be melasma and they are entirely treatable with the right skin treatments and care.
First things first: What is melasma?
Melasma is a harmless, common skin condition triggered most often by sun exposure and hormonal changes (especially pregnancy). Melasma causes gray-brown patches on the skin, usually on the face. Most people see it develop on their cheeks, bridge of their nose, forehead, chin and above their upper lip, but it can also appear anywhere else that gets a lot of sun exposure, such as the forearms or neck.
How can you get rid of melasma?
Thankfully there are several top-quality options available at The Clinic:
1. Avoid UV Exposure
Anyone with melasma knows the sun is their biggest enemy. If your skin is prone to melasma, you’ll need to be vigilant about wearing sunscreen and hats to avoid flare-ups. Even a little bit of sun can trigger melasma, so this preventative tip is probably the most challenging!
For many, the solution is simply finding a wonderful medical-grade sunscreen you’ll look forward to wearing every day because it helps to even out your skin and give you a glow. Whether your skin is oily, dry, or a combination, our team can help you pick out the perfect sunscreen. We proudly offer Obagi® skincare, including Obagi Sun Shield for the highest quality sun protection. Sun Shield products prevent sunburn while promoting healthy-looking skin and are always SPF 30 or higher, as recommended by the American Academy of Dermatology. Learn more tips for avoiding UV exposure in our related blog post.
2. Chemical Peels
Chemical peels are customizable to your unique needs and can work wonders for any skin type. Peels can address a range of skin issues including acne, hyperpigmentation, rough texture, fine lines and wrinkles.
We offer mild peels, also called superficial peels, at The Clinic for Dermatology & Wellness. Superficial peels can provide controlled damage to the outer layers of your skin, stimulating your skin’s natural healing ability and spurring deeper layers to regenerate, revealing a younger, healthier complexion.
These peels require only minimal downtime and offer optimal results when “stacked” over time, meaning they have buildable benefits which get better with each peel. We also offer medium-depth peels for specific circumstances, when deemed clinically appropriate.
3. BBL® Photofacials
BBL photofacials are a gold-standard treatment for diminishing hyperpigmentation, including melasma. At The Clinic, we proudly offer several kinds of BBL treatments including ForeverYoung, which is designed to correct issues of hyperpigmentation as well as wrinkles and uneven skin tone.
BBL treatments work by gently heating the underlying layers of skin with BroadBand Light. This light-generated heat activates your body’s natural healing response, which helps your skin produce healthy, new collagen and elastin, effectively remodeling your skin from the inside out. This reaction enhances your skin’s tone, texture and hydration.
Over time, your healthy new skin cells begin replacing older, damaged cells, which reduces a variety of skin concerns including acne, large pores, hyperpigmentation, vascular lesions and more. Our highly trained staff will work closely with you to customize your BBL treatment to your unique needs.
4. Medical-Grade Skin Care: Brightening Formulas
For your best results, we recommend pairing your professional treatments with at-home skincare products, which are formulated to help fade dark spots and reveal more evenly toned skin with proven ingredients like vitamin C. During your visit, we can help you choose the ideal skin care regimen for you.
By the way, we are excited to inform you about our new bilingual physician assistant who just joined the team at The Clinic: David Richardson, PA-C! David is fluent in English and Spanish, so he is ready to help you receive the best care while having the best possible experience.
Call us today at (541) 200-2777 or request an appointment online to get started toward a clearer, more youthful look you’ll love. PLUS, be on the lookout for more details about our upcoming expansion into a second location, The Annex!