Make the blotchiness of melasma a thing of the past. With an online consultation from Dr. B, you can find the right treatment from the convenience of your couch.*Prescription treatment requires a virtual medical consultation with a medical provider to determine if a prescription is appropriate.
Melasma is a skin condition that includes dark blotches or smooth, freckly patches of skin, usually on the face. It is much more common in women, especially those with darker skin. Many people first notice melasma during pregnancy or after starting birth control pills. It can last anywhere from a few months or years to a lifetime.
The condition is associated with an increase in the female hormones estrogen and progesterone, which can occur due to:
Melasma is frequently called the “mask of pregnancy” because it is so common during this time. Sun exposure can make melasma worse.
Melasma is not dangerous and it is not a sign of cancer. Melasma occurs when skin cells called melanocytes produce more melanin, a substance that is responsible for skin, eye and hair pigmentation.
Researchers believe there is a genetic component to melasma, and individuals with a family history of melasma may not be able to prevent it from developing. You can minimize or reduce melasma by using high-SPF sunscreen, avoiding direct sunlight and choosing birth control methods that do not contain estrogen or progesterone. Melasma is sometimes triggered by an event, such as pregnancy or increased sun exposure, and may clear up after the event passes.
Medicated creams can help reduce uneven skin tone related to melasma. Two common topical medications for melasma include Hydroquinone and a combination medication that includes Fluocinolone, Hydroquinone and Tretinoin. Hydroquinone lightens skin pigment and works by blocking melanin production. Tretinoin is a retinoid, a chemical formed from vitamin A, that encourages cell turnover. Fluocinolone is a corticosteroid that reduces swelling, itching and redness.
Medicated creams are typically applied once or twice a day, or as directed by your provider. The creams should be applied on clean skin before sunscreen or make-up. It’s important to know that some melasma creams can make your skin more sensitive to the sun, so it’s especially important to practice good sun safety while using these medications.
Some melasma medications can cause skin dryness, stinging, redness or blue-black skin discoloration, especially for people with darker skin. These medications can also make your skin more sensitive to the sun and increase the risk of sunburn. Talk to your medical provider about how long you should use your melasma medication or if you notice any worsening of skin discoloration while taking these medications.
Consultation: A virtual medical consultation for melasma cream prescription costs $15.00, which is lower than most doctor co-pays. Currently, we don’t submit medical consultation claims to insurance companies, but you can use insurance or any resulting prescriptions at your pharmacy.
Medication: Dr. B only charges for the medical consultation. When medications are prescribed, we enable you to choose the most affordable or convenient pharmacy to get the prescription filled. Prices for your medication will vary depending on your insurance coverage and whether the drug is a brand or generic.
At this time, we don’t submit medical consultation claims to insurance companies, but you can use insurance for any resulting prescriptions at your pharmacy.
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