North Atlanta Dermatology
Dr. Gabrielle Sabini Dr. Gabrielle Sabini

Managing Melasma

What is melasma?

Melasma is a very common skin condition that causes brown to gray-brown patches on the cheeks, bridge of nose, forehead, chin and the upper lip. It also can appear on other parts of the body that are exposed to the sun, such as the forearms and neck. It is asymptomatic, but many do not like the appearance.

What are some common causes of melasma?

Melasma is caused by the sun, although heat can also be a trigger. It commonly develops in pregnant women or women on birth control pills, however, it can occur in anyone.

What is the best way to treat melasma?

The most important way to treat and prevent melasma is by using sun protection. Sunscreen, sun protective clothing and the oral medication Heliocare will all help in the management of melasma. In addition to sun protection, skin bleachers and chemical peels are used to treat the brown areas.

Is there a permanent cure for melasma?

Unfortunately, there is no true cure for melasma. It often returns with summer each year, but we are fortunate to have many ways to combat this annoying skin condition.


North Atlanta Dermatology
3850 Pleasant Hill Road
Duluth, Georgia 30096

Dr. Gabrielle Sabini is board-certified in dermatology. With over 20 years of experience, she specializes in dermatology, procedural dermatology and dermatopathology at North Atlanta Dermatology.