How to Differentiate Between Melasma and Hyperpigmentation?
Many women and men find themselves facing skin issues throughout their lifetimes – acne, scarring, wrinkles, and skin discoloration. Skin discoloration is caused by two main conditions: Melasma and Hyperpigmentation. Both of these conditions can cause skin discoloration, but it is important to know that these conditions are not the same at all – but rather, they are different skin conditions. Although they are both responsible for changes in the color of the skin, they can occur for different reasons at different points in an individual’s life. Luckily, treatments such as intimate lightening can actually help those who are suffering from these conditions!
What is Hyperpigmentation?
Hyperpigmentation is a relatively common skin condition that can affect anyone. Hyperpigmentation is diagnosed when there are patches of darker-colored skin found on the face and body surrounded by your natural skin color. This is caused by an increased melanin production in the skin. Hyperpigmentation is a kind of umbrella term for multiple conditions, such as sun exposure, inflammation, scarring from acne, and other reasons. While hyperpigmentation itself is a diagnosis for these skin conditions, it can be the result of different factors.
What is Melasma?
Melasma is actually a form of hyperpigmentation. While it is often thought of to be brought on and triggered by excessive UV exposure to the skin, there are other reasons for Melasma to present itself. Melasma is more commonly found in women than men, and it can actually be formed by an imbalance in hormones. In fact, if you have ever heard the term “the Mask of Pregnancy,” Melasma is the condition that is being referred to. It is estimated that only around ten percent of those with Melasma are men, as opposed to Hyperpigmentation, which can affect men and women equally. Melasma is also found more in those with darker skin tones than those with lighter tones.
How are Melasma and Hyperpigmentation Different?
The main differentiating factor between Hyperpigmentation and Melasma is the fact that Melasma is more hormonal than hyperpigmentation. Because of this, Melasma is typically found mostly among women.
How are Hyperpigmentation and Melasma Treated?
Hyperpigmentation and Melasma can be treated in different ways, depending on the condition and the cause. Depending on where on the body the condition is mostly found, treatment options can be a bit different. However, a treatment known as intimate lightening is a pain-free, easy solution to lighten up the dark patches caused by both of these conditions. Intimate lightening isn’t just for the intimate areas, either – it can be used on other spots on the body, as well as the face, in order to help achieve desired results.
If you would like to learn more about intimate lightening and how it can help treat Hyperpigmentation and Melasma, call the office of Dr. Ghozland today!