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Downtown Dermatology Informs Columbus Community About Melasma
Date:9/3/2013

www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000836.htm" title="contributing factors" onclick="linkClick(this.href)" rel="nofollow">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.

Treatment
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.

Prevention
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 http://columbusdowntownderm.com or call 614-224-4566. Downtown Dermatology is conveniently located in the Market Exchange district at 500 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio.

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