Melasma

Treating Pigmentation – Melasma, Freckles, Birthmarks, Sun Spots and Brown Spots After Acne

 Melasma is often found in Asian skin. It manifests as irregular patches of darker brown discoloration, usually on the cheeks, forehead, nose and even the lips. It is more common in women and in darker skinned people, and can be aggravated by sun exposure and hormonal changes.

Freckles are small brown spots on sun-exposed areas, seen in genetically more susceptible people.

Birthmarks can be brown or red in colour. Red coloured birthmarks are caused by a localized area of abnormal blood vessels. Brown birthmarks arise from localized areas of excessive pigmentation.

Sun spots, also known as solar lentigo, are dark brown spots found on the skin. They are caused by sun exposure and commonly seen in areas of the skin exposed to the sun such as the face, hands and arms. Many patients get brown spots after acne. They are also referred to as Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation (PIH), and is due to the skin’s pigment cells overreacting, which produces more pigmentation during the healing process. PIH often appears following other skin injuries like cuts and burns.

We have many laser treatments that can lighten your brown spots and bring your skin closer to its normal colour. Most brown spots can quite easily be lightened. Following your consultation, I will customize the most appropriate treatment for you.