Melasma, also known as Chloasma, is a type of skin pigmentation that causes patchy brown or tan skin discoloration. Melasma can affect anyone around the globe but it is particularly common in women. Women aging 25 to 50 are particularly at a higher risk of developing melasma.

It is often associated with the female hormones estrogen and progesterone. Melasma is most common in women who are pregnant or those taking oral contraceptives (birth control pills). Women who are on hormone transplant therapy are also more likely to get affected by melasma. Unaided sun exposure also triggers melanin production in the areas that are frequently exposed to the sin.

Melasma is a very common skin disorder. The only symptom associated with melasma is skin discoloration. It is characterized by brown, tan, or bluish-gray dark patches that usually appear on cheeks, nose, jaw line and forehead. The skin color changes are usually symmetrical, i.e. matching on both sides of the face.

If you are also a melasma victim, stop worrying, advances in cosmetic medicine have made it possible to effectively get rid of these unsightly brown patches. There are numerous treatment options available to help treat melasma. Mild to moderate skin discoloration can be successfully treated with skin peeling. Chemical peels of numerous strengths are used to fade and even eliminate melasma marks.

Chemical peeling, as the name suggests, is a cosmetic procedure used to peel off the top most layer of dead skin to reveal smooth and clear skin underneath. A chemical solution is applied on the areas that need treatment to provide a mild burn in a controlled manner. The solution is allowed to stay on for a predetermined time and is then neutralized using a basic solution. Over the time, the burned layers slough off and eventually peel off, revealing healthier, younger and smoother skin underneath, free of splotches and blemishes.

Chemical peels (التقشير الكيميائي) vary in strength and it is your physician’s job to determine the strength of a chemical peel after thoroughly examining your skin condition. Glycolic acid is the mildest of all and is used for superficial peeling. It has least risk of causing any complication or side effect, such as scarring or skin discoloration.

If you are seeking a safe and effective solution for your melasma, visit nearest skincare clinic and get a chemical peel. You will be surprised by the outcome.