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Melasma Specialist

Rapaport Dermatology of Beverly Hills

Dermatologists located in Beverly Hills, CA & Culver City, CA

An average of 6 million people in the United States get melasma, which is a pigmentation disorder that appears on your skin. Vicki Rapaport, MD, is a board-certified dermatologist at Rapaport Dermatology of Beverly Hills in Beverly Hills and Culver City, California, who treats these dark patches on your face that can easily affect your self-esteem. To find out more about melasma and treatment, call the practice or book an appointment online today.

Melasma

What is melasma?

Melasma is a common skin condition that causes brown or gray patches to appear on your cheeks, forehead, nose, chin, neck, shoulders, and forearms. It’s usually caused by too much sun exposure throughout your life, with 90% of its cases affecting women. 

Although it’s not a dangerous condition, it might make you feel self-conscious and affect your self-esteem. 

The expert dermatologists at Rapaport Dermatology of Beverly Hills can treat your melasma and change the way you feel about your skin and appearance.

What are the risk factors for getting melasma?

You might be prone to melasma if you:

  • Are a woman
  • Have dark skin
  • Get too much sun exposure
  • Are pregnant
  • Take birth control pills
  • Take hormone replacement pills
  • Use products that irritate your skin
  • Have family members that have melasma
  • You have thyroid disease
  • Have a lot of stress

When you see the team at Rapaport Dermatology of Beverly Hills, your specialist looks at your skin and determines the best treatment for your skin issues.

How is melasma treated?

At Rapaport Dermatology of Beverly Hills, your specialist evaluates the condition of your skin and recommends a personalized treatment for you. 

Recommended treatments might include:

  • Creams to lighten the skin
  • Topical steroids
  • Chemical peels
  • Dermabrasion
  • Microdermabrasion

You might also need follow-up visits, in addition to continuing specific treatments to reduce your chances of melasma reappearing.

How can I avoid getting melasma?

To prevent melasma from appearing on your skin, Rapaport Dermatology of Beverly Hills recommends that you:

  • Wear sunscreen every day
  • Reapply sunscreen as often as possible
  • Wear a hat that keeps your face from the sun
  • Wear sunglasses
  • Choose gentle skin products
  • Avoid waxing for hair removal

Even though you might get melasma spots due to your genetic predisposition, avoiding the sun can make a difference.

When you get melasma on your face, it can affect your self-confidence by making you feel less attractive. To get treatment and to help melasma reduce in appearance or even entirely disappear, see the team at Rapaport Dermatology of Beverly Hills for a consultation. They can give you guidance on the best treatment for your condition.

Schedule your appointment, or use the convenient online booking option today.