Melasma Specialist

Glendale Dermatology

Dermatologists located in Glendale, CA

When patients from throughout Los Angeles suffer from melasma and other skin discoloration issues, they can find expert and effective treatments with the award-winning dermatologists and providers practicing at Glendale Dermatology, located in Glendale, California.

Melasma Q & A

What Is Melasma?

Melasma is a condition causing skin discoloration including brown to gray-brown patches on the cheeks, forehead, and bridge of the nose. Melasma is not accompanied by any pain or itching but many patients dislike the appearance of the discoloration of the skin, especially when it appears on their face.

What Causes Melasma?

The exact cause of melasma is not yet clear. The condition is more common in people with darker skin such as those of Latin/Hispanic, North African, African-American, Asian, Indian, Middle Eastern, and Mediterranean descent. Melasma also appears to have hereditary links with those who have a blood relative with melasma having a higher risk of developing it themselves. Common triggers for the onset of melasma include sun exposure, hormonal changes, and some cosmetics. The UV light in the sun stimulates the melanocytes responsible for the discoloration. Hormones are a common trigger, especially in pregnant women. Melasma is so common in pregnant women that it is sometimes known as chloasma - the “mask of pregnancy.”

How Is Melasma Treated?

The providers at Glendale Dermatology excel in pigmentation disorders in all skin types, offering preventive and effective treatment strategies including topical medications, skin care, lasers, chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and Cosmelan Depigmentation Treatment. Treatments such as laser treatment, chemical peels, and microdermabrasion gently but thoroughly remove the upper layers of skin where the discoloration appears, revealing fresh, new, healthy skin beneath. Topical medications such as hydroquinone, azelaic acid, or kojic acid are prescribed to help to lighten melasma. Sometimes, medications such as tretinoin and corticosteroids are prescribed to enhance skin lightening. Patients who are unhappy with the appearance of their skin due to the discoloration associated with melasma should make an appointment at Glendale Dermatology for assessment and treatment. With the wide variety of treatments available, the dermatologists are able to help people of all skin tones and conditions address and repair skin discoloration.

Major Insurance Providers Accepted

At Glendale Dermatology, we accept PPO plans of the following insurances. We do not accept any EPO plans, HMO, or Covered California plans at this time. We apologize for any inconvenience. We gladly accommodate patients without insurance who wish to pay out of pocket with discounted prices.

Anthem Blue Cross
Blue Cross
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United Healthcare