Melasma and other pigment problems

At Chroma Dermatology, we specialise in pigment problems like melasma which is more common in those with skin of colour.

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The founder of Chroma Dermatology, Dr. Michelle Rodrigues, is a globally-reconigsed expert and key opinion leader in the diagnosis and management of melasma.

She has published numerous research papers and textbook chapters on the subject and has been invited to speak nationally and internationally on her unique diagnostic approaches and treatment regimens. This expertise, combined with her treatment methods gives patients the best possible chance of lightening pigment safely and effectively.

Pigment (light or dark brown or even black spots) on the face is one of the most common reasons that those with skin of colour will seek the advice of a dermatologist. 

Melasma (also known as hormonal pigmentation or ‘mask of pregnancy’) is seen in women and men and is usually first noted between the ages of 30-50’s.

While those with skin of colour are more likely to develop melasma, those with lighter skin types may also be affected. The condition may cause anxiety, embarrassment and even depression.

It is important to be aware that not all pigmentation is melasma. Freckles, moles, age spots and other medical conditions common in darker skin types like post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation and lichen planus pigmentosus, are commonly mistaken for melasma by those that don’t have expertise in this area of dermatology. 

While there are many magic lotions, potions and lasers that claim to be miracle treatments for melasma, some of these are dangerous and can cause the condition to become darker and more noticeable.

Consult Chroma Dermatology if you are interested in having your pigmentation carefully assessed, accurately diagnosed and treated with the latest, safe and scientifically-proven treatments. 

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Post-inflammatory pigmentation

Any damage to the skin from trauma (cuts, wounds) or inflammation (rashes, pimples) may result in discolouration of the skin.  Compared with normal skin, these areas may appear slightly darker in colour (hyperpigmentation) or slightly lighter (hypopigmentation).

This transient pigmentation can occur all skin types, but is more common and more persistent in people with skin of colour (pigmented/coloured skin). 

Post-inflammatory pigmentation can be challenging to treat, with pigmentation occasionally persisting for months or years depending on the initial cause.

Prescribed creams and lasers can be trialled to see if the pigment can be cleared quickly.

Call Chroma Dermatology to book a consultation about your pigmentation.

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