Opinion Article - Journal of Dermatology Research and Skin Care (2023) Volume 7, Issue 2
Melasma vs. Hyperpigmentation: What's the difference and how to treat it.
Melasma and hyperpigmentation are skin conditions characterized by the appearance of dark, discolored patches on the skin. Melasma is caused by an overproduction of melanin and is often triggered by hormonal changes, sun exposure, and genetics. Hyperpigmentation, on the other hand, is a general term used to describe an excess of pigment in the skin, which can be caused by a variety of factors, including sun exposure, injury, and hormonal imbalances. Both conditions can be treated with topical treatments, such as lightening creams and chemical peels, laser therapy, and cryotherapy. However, the best approach will depend on the underlying cause of the discoloration and the individual's skin type. It is important to seek the advice of a dermatologist or skincare professional to determine the best treatment for melasma or hyperpigmentation and protect the skin from further damage.Author(s): Vijay Aarya*