I am a 37 year old female. I have brown patches/spots on my upper lip that seem to be getting darker. I have always used sunscreen on my face especially that area and it doesnt seem to matter. What can I do?
Hyperpigmentation Treatment for Brown Spots on Upper Lip?
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Mild Case of Melasma
Based on what you described, you may have developed a mild case of melasma I often see it limited to the upper lip but can also involve the cheeks and forehead. Melasma is more common in women and is typically associated with pregnancy or hormonal birth control. Sun and heat can flare it and make it darker. Treatments are varied and usually involves using bleaching creams and tretinoin; chemical peels; and laser. Sun avoidance is a must to help the color even.
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This is typically a condition known as melasma, which is regulated by hormones, sun exposure, genetics, and chronic inflammation. I commonly treat this condition with topical HRa. Some patients will require additional chemical peels to control melanocyte activity.
Often the best treatment for pigmentation problems is chemical peels
Often the best treatment for pigmentation problems is chemical peels. There are many types of peels and the treament must be customized. Be sure to see a dermatologist who has a lot of experience in performing peels. He or she can also recommend the proper topical skin care program for you problem.
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