Do you struggle with worsening pigmentation on your face or neck every spring/summer? You may have a skin condition called melasma, also know as ‘chloasma’ or ‘pregnancy mask”. Now is the best time of year to start thinking about prevention, and if necessary, treatment. You can prevent melasma TODAY to have better skin TOMORROW.

What is Melasma?

Melasma is a common skin condition of adults.  It is most often seen in females with darker skin tones. It typically becomes more noticeable in the summer when exposure to UV light from the sun triggers pigment-producing cells in the skin (melanocytes). Several factors can put you at higher risk of developing melasma. These include use of oral contraceptive or hormonal replacement pills, thyroid problems, and use of some other medications. Women are also at a higher risk of developing melasma during pregnancy.


Image of Melasma before and after treatment

How to Prevent Melasma

Here are some some simple ways to prevent worsening pigmentation; especially with the warmer months in our near future.

  • Avoid use of tanning beds.
  • Minimize sun exposure during the peak hours of 10am – 2pm.
  • Wear tinted physical sunscreens with zinc oxide and titanium dioxide.
  • Wear protective clothing, sunglasses, and a wide-brimmed hat when outside.
  • Use thick, colored, cream makeup to camouflage the pigmentation.

If this condition occurs while you are pregnant, it may self-resolve a few months after you deliver your baby. Don’t be surprised if it recurs with subsequent pregnancies.

What if these Tips Don’t Help?

Even though this condition cannot be cured, there are many treatment options available to improve the appearance of your skin.  If you follow the sun protection tips listed above and still do not see improvement, schedule an appointment with us TODAY by calling 402-413-7460.

-Jay Arthur, PA-C