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Did you know even patients with melanin-rich skin need protection from the sun?
Melasma is a condition in which brown patches appear on the face. Melasma can be due to hormonal changes during pregnancy, friction or from sun exposure. Women are much more likely than men to develop this condition. The brown or gray-brown patches of melasma appear most often on the cheeks, forehead, nose, and chin. In women, melasma often fades on its own after pregnancy or after an affected woman goes off birth control pills. At La Belle we offer the best topical pharmaceutical-grade products and effective treatments to help clear melasma and maintain brighter skin. Our dedicated clinical team prides themselves in composing comprehensive treatment plans that help address melasma and help keep your skin bright all year round!
Hyperpigmentation is a common condition that makes some areas of the skin darker than others. “Hyper” means more, and “pigment” means color. Hyperpigmentation can appear as brown, black, gray, red or pink spots or patches. The spots are sometimes called age spots, sun spots or liver spots. The spots can occur in just one area of the body or all over.
At La Belle Medical Spa we offer a suite of treatments, services & pharmaceutical skin care products that brighten and resurface the skin. Since each patient is unique, the approach that we take with each patient is unique based on the severity of their condition and goals.
At our practice the initial consultation is when we evaluate your skin, get to know you and your at home routine, provide skin care education for optimal skin health maintenance and determine what services or clinical treatments are going to yield the most effective results in brightening your skin.
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Skin gets its color from a substance called melanin, which is made by skin cells. When those skin cells are damaged or unhealthy, they can produce too much melanin. The melanin can clump, causing that area to appear darker. Many things can lead to hyperpigmentation:
Adrenal disorders such as Addison’s disease, when the body doesn’t make enough of a hormone called cortisol.
Genetics, such as a family with freckles.
Hormone changes, such as during puberty or pregnancy.
Injury to the skin (for example, acne, cuts or burns), which is sometimes called postinflammatory hyperpigmentation.
Medications, such as oral contraceptives (birth control pills) and drugs that cause sensitivity to light. Melasma.
Not getting enough of certain vitamins, such as B12 and folic acid. Sun damage (these spots are often called solar lentigines).