One of the most common questions Dr. Schultz hears from his patients is “what’s the difference between melasma and hyperpigmentation?”
Well, the answer is actually pretty simple. Both are causes of skin discoloration. However, melasma is caused by hormone changes within the body. Hyperpigmentation can develop as a result of sun damage, age, inflammation, scars, and injuries.
Melasma is a condition that women commonly experience, though men can also experience it as well. Pregnant women may develop a type of melasma called “chloasma,” which is also known as “the mask of pregnancy.” As hormone levels balance out, the excess melanin dissipates and your skin tone will become more even as a result.
During your appointment, Dr. Schultz will carefully evaluate your skin and determine the type of facial discoloration you have before recommending a course of treatment.