One of the biggest problems we see at the College is melasma. 

Melasma, also known as pregnancy mask, are hyper-pigmented patches, irregular and well defined, commonly found on the upper cheeks, nose and forehead.  It is most common in women, especially pregnant women, or those who are on contraceptives or hormone replacement therapy medications.  There are no other symptoms to melasma.

Melasma is thought to be the over stimulation of the melanocyte cells by the female sex hormones estrogen and progesterone. The condition is elevated when the skin is exposed to sun.

As for treatment of melasma, we have found less is better!  Probably the worst thing for melasma is an IPL.  An IPL is a broad spectrum of wavelengths which heightens the skin’s sensitivity AND the IPL produces heat in the skin which makes matters worse.

Our go-to treatment is the Q-switched Nd:YAG tattoo removal laser using the 1064nm wavelength.  If you remember your physics from class, 1064nm has very little attraction to melanin, which is great for this treatment because we want to do as little stimulation as possible!  We use our Cynosure Revlite, 4.4j/cm², 10hz, at 6mm depth, and 2 passes per area.  We price this cheap, only $25 per treatment, because we have found it will take 6+ treatments to have any lasting effect.