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Treatment of Brownish or Dark pigmentation on cheeks/face-Melasma

Treatment of pigmentation over cheeks or above lips or forehead Brownish or dark pigmentation over cheeks is a common problem that is faced by most of the ladies of South-Asian origin. This condition is medically known as Melasma. The other common sites of brownish patches on the face are above lips, forehead, between the eyebrows and other sun-exposed areas. But the face is the most sensitive.

In pregnancy, the hormonal changes aggravate the pigmentation. Moreover, those women who are frequently exposed to the sun are under greater risk of developing the dark-brownish pigmentation over the cheeks and forehead. Other women who are suffering from some autoimmune disease such as SLE also present with a dark butterfly rash over their cheeks and nose.

The treatment of this dark pigmentation on cheeks or any other area of the face is simple and effective.
First of all, avoid direct exposure to intense sunlight. Or if you can’t avoid this exposure, use at-least SPF 30 sunscreen for every two hours of sun exposure. Use sunscreen daily.
How to apply a sun block?
If you are suffering from any systemic disease such as SLE or any other disease then first get the treatment of that disease. With the remission of the systemic disease, the melasma or pigmentation fades out. and the remnants are treated with depigmentation creams.

Depigmentation creams are usually composed of the following ingredients;
  • Fluocinolone
  • Acetonide
  • Hydroquinone
  • Tretinoin
All these ingredients are very effective in treating Melasma or pigmentation over the cheeks and forehead. These creams are used at night, and after the use of a few days, you will feel that your affected area is becoming dry and scaly. This is normal after the use of these creams because these creams peel off the affected dark skin and new fresh skin replaces the older pigmented one. After the achievement of desired results, the use of these creams can be stopped and the patient is put on sunscreens and multivitamin and calcium supplements.
Sunscreens, multivitamin and calcium supplements prevent their recurrence.
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