What is melasma, and how can it be improved?

Do you have patchy pigmentation that has enlarged over time on your cheeks, forehead, or upper lip? You may have melasma or a mask of pregnancy. This skin condition is believed to result from a hormonal imbalance, most commonly affecting women. With the help of a doctor, you can find solutions that assist in reducing the darkness of pigmentation and how noticeable it is on the skin. Dr. Nancy Chen and her skilled team at Pua Manu Medspa of Kapolei, Hawaii, can evaluate you, provide a definitive diagnosis, and discuss treatment options.

Asian women with spot melasma

What problems do patients with melasma face?

For some, treatment for this skin condition is often ineffective. For some, it may never go away, though the key is to make it lighter and less visible to avoid progression. Protection against sun exposure is one of many factors that contribute to the darkening associated with melasma. When you work with a medical professional, you can get a definitive diagnosis and discuss appropriate treatment options that can provide changes that lighten the discoloration reliably and predictably.

What can be done to address melasma?

At Pua Manu Medspa, we avoid using Hydroquinone (HQ) to control pigmentation, as this topical depigmenting agent has been linked to breast cancer in European studies. Instead, we may suggest treatment of melasma using medical-grade chemical peels and the PiQO4 device. This approach has provided patients with noticeable changes in their skin, boosting self-confidence in both men and women who struggle with this condition.

Schedule a consultation with our Pua Manu Medspa team today to learn more about melasma treatment!

Each individual’s need is different, and a personal regimen will be built around your skin needs when you work with our Pua Manu Medspa team. If you live in or around the area of Kapolei, HI, and want to speak to a doctor about the treatment of melasma, we invite you to call our office at (808) 900-4351 and visit us at 1020 Kakala Street, Suite #902. We proudly serve the patients in and around the communities of Koolina, Waikele, Waipahu, Mililani, Pearl City, Aiea, Waianae, and Ewa Beach, HI, and we look forward to meeting you!