Melasma hormonal pigmentation is a significant problem for many women. It is a long-term skin condition that materialises on the face in brown patches and is a condition that usually needs long-term management.


UVA rays are catalysts for brown pigmentation to develop on the skin and can even permeate through the window of a car.


High levels of estrogen is believed to be a trigger as it changes the hormonal status and this can include pregnancy, birth control, etc. Irrupting the use of contraceptives hardly clears up pigmentation, and it can even last for years after discontinuing contraceptives.


In pregnant women, Melasma usually, diminishes within a few months after delivery, but it can also go on indefinitely. Activities that include intense heat such as hot showers and baths can trigger melanin as well.


Melasma is common in people with darker skin though people of any skin color can be affected by this condition especially if you live in an area with extreme sun exposure. It’s also more common for women to suffer from Melasma than men.

Eastern Dermatology provides these treatments for Hormonal Melasma:


  • IPL for skin types I-III
  • Vitamin A Peel
  • Pigment blocker
  • Topical Vitamin A treatment creams
  • 59+ SPF Sunscreen


Melasma can take a while to initially to react to treatment, specifically if you’ve had it for a long time. Treatment may result and irritate sensitive skin, and this can lead to post-inflammatory pigmentation.

To help the process along you can do the following:


  • Stop any hormonal contraceptions you’re taking
  • Wear SPF 50+ all every day
  • Wear make-up that has sunscreen in it
  • Protect your head, wear a brimmed hat
  • Use a mild cleanser


At Eastern Dermatology our goal is to meet your needs, and we will provide you with our expertise and our state-of-the-art, purpose-built, technology. During your free consultation, our nurses will be able to determine which treatment is suitable for you.