Melasma in Naperville, IL

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Melasma is a chronic skin condition that appears as irregular tan or brownish patches or spots on the skin of the forearms or symmetrically around the brow, cheeks, nose, or upper lip. The appearance of melasma can be deceiving to the untrained eyes, sometimes being mistaken as sunspots among other things. Melasma is not at all uncommon and is found more often in females. It can be triggered by UV exposure, heat, or hormonal fluctuations, such as with pregnancy, menopause, IUD use, hormone therapy, or birth control pills. Our dermatologists treat melasma regularly at Oak Dermatology, where we provide different treatments to diminish the appearance of melasma and brighten the skin.

In the second phase of melasma treatment, is management of clear skin. Our world-renowned dermatologist, Dr. Jeffrey T.S. Hsu, is the innovator of The DRP Method, where the biology of the skin is altered from corrective to maintenance state. This unique approach offers a simple melasma maintenance option that will protect again future damage and worsening of melasma. 

Schedule at our Naperville, Itasca, or Joliet, IL location to learn more about your treatment options.

We caution that you should always consult with a board-certified dermatologist to accurately diagnose the underlying cause of your hyperpigmentation before pursuing any treatments. Not having the proper diagnosis can do more harm than good to your condition. Our expert providers at Oak Dermatology practice a unique 360 approach to treating melasma, as melasma is a chronic and difficult-to-treat condition. While this skin condition has no cure, with proper treatment, melasma can be significantly diminished and managed.  Our providers will thoroughly assess your skin and hyperpigmentation during your consultation. If your hyperpigmentation is a result of melasma, oftentimes your treatment protocol will be a combination of topical creams, lotions, or gels that could lighten or brighten the skin and a series of depth-appropriate chemical peels or lasers

A word of caution with laser therapy, if done incorrectly when it comes to settings or choice of lasers, it can worsen melasma. The team at Oak Dermatology is led by both Dr. Jeffrey T.S. Hsu and Dr. Ashish Bhatia, who are both laser medicine fellowship-trained specialists.

In addition to in-office treatments, melasma management can only be successful when combined with a daily home medical-grade regimen that is customized for melasma. Our provider will make recommendations of what you should or should not use during the time of your consultation.

Dr. Hsu is a top notch doctor.  He really cares about his patients and takes a lot of time with you.  I have been seeing him for years for all sorts of skin care needs ranging from acne, melasma, anti-aging, scars, general derm.  He has has come through for me every time.

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Dr. Bhatia and his staff were a delight to work with. Ever since having kids I’ve been battling melasma on my forehead. Dr. Bhatia found a great laser solution for my condition. Throughout the process he was supportive yet realistic. For the first time in 5 years my spots are barely visible and I’m finally feeling comfortable in my own skin again. I would highly recommend him and look forward to using Oak Dermatology to maintain my new look!

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Very helpful and attentive. Provided me with a range of options and care to address my hyperpigmentation needs.

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Dr. Hsu is a top notch doctor. He really cares about his patients and takes a lot of time with you. I have been seeing him for years for all sorts of skin care needs ranging from acne, melasma, anti-aging, scars, general derm. He has has come through for me every time.

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If you're affected by melasma and tired of trying to hide it behind cosmetics, or store-bought treatments don't give you the outcome you would like, we invite you to contact Oak Dermatology at any of our Greater Chicago offices to schedule a consultation. Melasma requires an accurate diagnosis to provide the right treatment. If the wrong treatment is applied, the skin condition could become worse. Our staff can accurately diagnose and address melasma to give you radiant results.

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Can men develop melasma, and what are the implications if they do?

Although melasma is significantly more common in women, men can also develop this skin condition. In men, melasma is often underdiagnosed due to lower awareness and societal focus. Men experiencing melasma may face similar cosmetic concerns as women, impacting their self-esteem and prompting a need for appropriate skin care and protection.

Is melasma different from other types of hyperpigmentation?

Yes, melasma is specifically characterized by dark, irregular patches primarily on the face, unlike other forms of hyperpigmentation that can occur due to reasons like acne scarring or age spots. Melasma patches are typically larger and have a symmetrical pattern across the cheeks, nose, forehead, chin, and upper lip.

Can dietary factors influence melasma?

While direct connections between diet and melasma are not well-established, a healthy diet rich in antioxidants can support skin health. Foods high in Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and other antioxidants can help protect the skin from oxidative stress, potentially mitigating some triggers of melasma.

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