Visit Us for Melasma Treatments in Central Texas

Tru-Skin Dermatology was founded by Danial J. Ladd, DO to offer patients in Central Texas a trusted source for skincare treatments for various cancers, cosmetic needs, and other skin conditions such as melasma. Not only do we specialize in general and medical dermatology, but Daniel J. Ladd, DO is board certified in Mohs micrographic surgery to treat cancer, ensuring our patients are in the best hands for their treatment. If you notice discoloration or spots on any parts of your skin, contact one of our seven locations to consult with a dermatologist.

What Is Melasma?

Melasma appears as symmetrical tan to brown to dark gray flat patches most commonly on the face, forehead, cheeks, and upper lip. It can also affect other sun exposed areas such as forearms, jawline, neck or chest. It’s frequently called the “mask of pregnancy” since it caused by hormones and typically affects pregnant women. Melasma is not cancerous and does not lead to skin cancer in those who have it.

Causes of Melasma

While melasma can occur in both women and men, it is much more commonly found in women who account for 90% of the cases. Those with darker and olive-colored skin are more prone to it than people with fairer skin. While direct causes have not been fully identified, dermatologists and researchers believe melasma occurs when melanocytes, the color-making cells in our bodies, create too much pigment. Some causes of melasma can be:

  • Ultraviolet and infrared radiation from the sun
  • Hormones: pregnancy, oral contraceptive pills
  • Hypothyroidism: those with melasma are more likely to develop a thyroid disorder
  • Genetics
  • Light emitted from LED screens
  • Tanning beds
  • Medications

Melasma can darken and lighten over time, typically worsening in the summer and improving in the wintertime.

How To Treat Melasma

After a comprehensive dermatology exam by our team, we can determine if you have melasma and discuss particular triggers that could be potentially causing it. Wearing and reapplying sunscreen every day will reduce melasma outbreaks.

Sometimes non-hormonal melasma can go away on its own in a few months. Unfortunately, nothing can make melasma automatically disappear. Avoiding triggers and starting treatment will help control melasma and keep it from getting worse.

  • Topical medications: such as retinoids, bleaching cream, kojic acid, absorbic acid (Vitamin C), Resveratrol
  • Chemical Peels
  • Laser Treatments such as Intense Pulsed Light Therapy

Schedule a Consultation for Melasma Treatments

You don’t have to live with dark, patchy melasma spots on your skin. The dermatology team at Tru-Skin Dermatology offers a variety of medical and cosmetic skincare procedures and medications to help patients regain clearer skin and more confidence at seven locations throughout Central Texas. Contact any one of our skincare offices in Austin, Bastrop, Bulverde/Spring Branch, Cedar Park, La Grange, Hallettsville, or Round Rock to speak with our friendly staff and schedule an appointment for melasma treatments today.


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