Melasma is a common condition that causes blue or brown patches to appear on the skin. Although these patches usually appear on the face, melasma can also occur on the forearms, the neck, or any other part of the body, especially if that area is exposed to the sun often.
Melasma occurs more often in women rather than men. Individuals with darker skin or have a family history of melasma are more likely to develop this condition. Anyone who takes oral contraceptives or hormones are also at risk of developing melasma.
Melasma is caused by melanocytes, cells in the skin that store and produce melanin. When these melanocytes are exposed to light, heat, or hormonal changes caused by pregnancy or certain medications, they produce more melanin which leads to the formation of visible blue or brown patches and skin darkening
There is not one definitive treatment to cure melasma, but some common treatment plans include protecting your skin from the sun, avoiding skin irritants, or using creams to try and help the patches disappear. The success of these treatments vary from person to person and some patients are at risk of having their melasma be permanent.
Physicians often request HDRX’s custom skin bleaching cream to reduce the dark spots caused by Melasma.
For more information about Melasma and the HDRX skin bleaching cream, contact an HDRX clinical pharmacist today (800.836.2303).