Did I cause my Melasma?

Is it possible I caused my Melasma? I´ve always been fit but I do not exercise regularly, have not been drinking enough water and after breastfeeding I eat too much chocolate. I have read that Melasma is caused by hormonal imbalance (too much estrogen/copper). I had a baby 20 months ago and have been on the CP for 14 years. The Melasma appeared 3 weeks ago after sun bathing and I am freaking out. Is it possible I did this to myself? I.e. does Melasma reflect poor inner physical condition?

Doctor Answers 2


Thank you for your question. There have been cases after women's pregnancy that melasma has formed as well from taking birth control there is just an increase in pigment from the extra hormones. Possibly chemical peel treatments could help or a prescription for hyper-pigmentation could help.   

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Melarase creams for melasma

Melasma does have a physiologic basis, including hormones. I would suggest starting light chemical peels followed by Melarase AM, Melarase PM, and Melapads. 

Dr. Karamanoukian
Los Angeles

Raffy Karamanoukian, MD, FACS
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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