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Melasma in Scottsdale, AZ

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What Is Melasma?

Melasma, also known as chloasma, happens when irregular patches of dark brown pigmentation appear on sun-exposed areas, most often the face. These tan or brown patches normally occur symmetrically on the brows, cheeks, nose, or upper lip. The appearance of melasma distinguishes it from other conditions that cause the darkening of the skin. Melasma is not at all uncommon and is found more frequently in women. It can occur as a result of sun exposure or hormonal fluctuations, such as with pregnancy, menopause, or various forms of hormonal contraception. Those with darker skin types are far more inclined to melasma compared to those who have lighter complexions. Founder and certified nurse practitioner Megan Ahmed treats melasma regularly at Desert Sage Dermatology in Scottsdale, AZ where we provide numerous remedies that can minimize the appearance of this condition.

Melasma Treatment Options

There are numerous options for treating melasma. Curating a skincare regimen that focuses on utilizing active ingredients to help "lighten" the unwanted pigment is often the first step in treating melasma. Active ingredients that are often used to treat melasma include but are not limited to: Hydroquinone, Retinoids, Kojic acid, Vitamin C, Tranexamic acid, Niacinamide, and Azelaic acid. Additional aesthetic treatments include chemical peels, microneedling, and non-ablative lasers. 


Sun protection and avoidance play a large role in determining the success of treating melasma and maintaining your results. It is recommended that patients use SPF of 30 or higher daily and wear sun protective gear such as wide-brimmed hats when outdoors.

Megan gave my skin the royal treatment! I received microneedling and she made sure my treatment was pain free and ultimately the best choice for my skin type and my skin goals. I have been dealing with melasma from my first pregnancy that has never gone away & several days after my treatment was the most improvement I've seen in year. My skin felt amazing for the week following my treatment and from the recommendations that Megan gave me for skincare products, I only hope for my skin to keep looking better & better. THANKS MEGAN!

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Get A Professional Diagnosis

If you suffer from melasma and are tired of attempting to cover it with makeup, or if you spend money on store-bought remedies that don't offer you the results you would like, we invite you to contact Desert Sage Dermatology to schedule an appointment. Melasma needs a unique diagnosis so that the ideal treatment can be given. If the wrong treatment is applied, the skin may become darker. Megan can accurately diagnose and address melasma to supply you with a terrific outcome.

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