What is Melasma?
Melasma appears as brown or gray-brown patches on the face, especially on the cheeks, upper lip, nose, forehead, or chin. It frequently occurs on both sides of the face. Melasma is caused by excessive production of melanin, the pigment that causes your skin to tan.
What causes Melasma?
Melasma is commonly caused by normal changes in hormones when a woman begins taking birth control pills or hormone replacement therapy. It may also occur during the second or third trimester of pregnancy.
Also, sun exposure (which causes melanin production) makes Melasma worse.
Am I at risk to develop Melasma?
Women are most likely to develop Melasma. About 6 million women have it. It is most common in people with light brown skin, especially Hispanics and Asians.
Won’t Melasma just fade away?
Sometimes, but it may take a very long time to lighten and may reappear with future pregnancies.
If I am diagnosed with Melasma, how can it be treated?
You can choose from many prescription and over-the-counter products. One prescription product is Tri-Luma cream.
How does Tri-Luma work?
It contains hydroquinone to fade the Melasma. If you are allergic to sulfites, you may not use Tri-Luma cream.
Tri-Luma has maximum lightening effects in about 8 weeks. You may start to see improvement as early as 4 weeks.
What are possible side effects of Tri-Luma cream?
- Allergic reactions, including breathing difficulty or severe asthma attacks
- Mild to moderate redness, peeling, burning, dryness, or itching
- Dark spots on skin, tingling, skin sensitivities, blisters, blood vessels showing through skin