Navigation Links
Downtown Dermatology Informs Columbus Community About Melasma

Columbus, OH (PRWEB) September 03, 2013

Melasma is a common skin condition that is characterized by patchy brown or gray-brownish discoloration on the face or other areas of the body that are exposed to a lot of sun. When color-making cells in the skin called, melanocytes, become over-stimulated, they can generate an excessive amount of pigmentation, which results in areas of discoloration. The condition occurs most often in women between the ages of 20 and 50 of Latin/Hispanic, North African, African-American, Asian, Indian, Middle Eastern, and Mediterranean descent, or those with olive or darker skin tones because these darker tones contain more melanocytes.

The only symptom of melasma is skin discoloration, however, individuals with this skin condition can often experience stress or anxiety as a result of the change in their physical appearance.

Discoloration most commonly appears on the:

  •      Cheeks
  •     Bridge of nose
  •     Forehead
  •     Chin
  •     Upper Lip
  •     Forearms
  •     Neck

Nearly 50 million women worldwide have experienced melasma, which accounts for about 90 percent of all cases. Melasma is also more prevalent in pregnant women and has even earned itself a pseudo name, “the mask of pregnancy.” While not nearly as common, men can develop this skin condition as well.

The exact cause of melasma is not entirely clear. One of the contributing factors could be a change in hormones due to pregnancy, birth control or hormone replacement medications. The sun is also a huge contributor to melasma because ultraviolet light stimulates melanocytes, which leads to pigment overproduction. Certain skin care products have also been known to irritate the skin and increase melasma symptoms.

Melasma typically fades over time without medical intervention. For those who have symptoms that will not go away or chronically reappear, there are several treatment options available, usually in the form of an over-the-counter or prescription strength cream that works to lighten skin tone.

Sun protection is the number one piece of preventative advice for individuals who are concerned about melasma. Sunscreen should be applied every day at least 20 minutes prior to sun exposure. Your sunscreen should be formulated to protect against UVA and UVB rays with an SPF of at least 30. And remember, sunscreen isn't permanent, so reapply every couple hours. Wearing protective clothing like wide brimmed hats to shade the face and neck or long sleeves and pants can also help to ward off the on-set of melasma symptoms.

If you are experiencing symptoms of melasma or would like to find out more about this skin condition, treatment and prevention, contact Downtown Dermatology at or call 614-224-4566. Downtown Dermatology is conveniently located in the Market Exchange district at 500 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio.

Read the full story at

Source: PRWeb
Copyright©2012 Vocus, Inc.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Yumi Media Released a Statement Regarding Ella Dining Room and Bar Offering an All-Vegetarian Menu for Dine Downtown This Year
2. Flightlinez Las Vegas Located Downtown - OPEN and Zipping During Construction
3. Dwell Media and ASID Team up with Klein Financial to Reinvigorate Downtown LA Lofts
4. Foundations Recovery Network Opens Outpatient Treatment Facility in Downtown Nashville
5. Canadian Tourism College Moving to New Downtown Campus
6. Study paints complex health portrait of single-room occupancy hotel tenants in Downtown Eastside
7. Aesthetic Dermatology Specialty Centre Gets A Facelift
8. Southlake Dermatology Offers New Pliaglis Anesthetic Cream
9. Water’s Edge Dermatology Opens Vero Beach Clinic- Sixth Treasure Coast Location
10. Urban Dermatology Turns to Palomar Medical Technologies for its Vectus Hair Removal Laser Tool
11. Dermatology Alliance-Keller Offers Reveal Facial Imager
Post Your Comments:
(Date:11/28/2015)... PITTSBURGH, PA (PRWEB) , ... November 28, 2015 , ... ... Manalapan, N.J., has created the COUCH BUDDY. "I conceived of this design due to ... more comfort for couch users. It promotes relaxation and convenience, as well as increases ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... CA (PRWEB) , ... November 27, 2015 , ... According ... carried out by the University of Toronto and the University of British Columbia suggested ... hospitalizations for head injuries. The article explains that part of the reason for the ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... , ... November 27, 2015 , ... ... the toilets were," said an inventor from Hillside, N.J. "Many people catch diseases ... cover so that individuals will always be protected from germs." , He developed ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... ... November 27, 2015 , ... ... progress through sharing, the 2016 Building Better Radiology Marketing Programs meeting ... begin on Sunday, March 6, 2016, at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas with ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... (PRWEB) , ... November 27, 2015 , ... CBD ... Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) awarded accreditation to its Diagnostic Medical Sonography ... CAAHEP accredited colleges, as only one of twelve colleges and universities in the state ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/27/2015)... PHILADELPHIA , Nov. 27, 2015  Lannett ... that it has completed the acquisition of Kremers ... pharmaceuticals subsidiary of global biopharmaceuticals company UCB S.A. ... --> Lannett has acquired KU from UCB ... to certain adjustments, including a customary working capital ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... India , November 27, ... --> --> ... personal emergency response system (PERS) ... steadily for 5 years with ... region expected to see a ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... --> --> ... immunotherapy with Bremachlorin-photodynamic therapy for advanced cancer.   ... with Bremachlorin-photodynamic therapy for advanced cancer.   ... with Bremachlorin-photodynamic therapy for advanced cancer.   ... immunotherapy can be efficiently combined with photodynamic therapy (PDT) ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: