Melasma, also called ‘chloasma’ and ‘pregnancy mask’, is a common skin condition of adults in which brown or greyish patches of pigmentation (colour) develop, usually on the face.

Birth control pills, pregnancy, and hormone therapy can all trigger melasma. Stress and thyroid disease are also thought to be causes of melasma. Additionally, sun exposure can cause melasma because ultraviolet rays affect the cells that control pigment.

Melasma isn’t harmful, meaning there’s no need to worry about it affecting your overall health, however, it can be unsightly, giving a blotchy/ruddy appearance to the skin.

Melasma is a form of pigmentation, however, it has to be treated differently to pigmentation caused by sun damage.

At Samantha Ward Aesthetics, we use the Clearlift 4D Laser treatment to treat melasma.

A consultation is required with Samantha to establish which type of pigmentation you have before any treatment commences.