Check out what's happening this month at Wilmington Dermatology Center!
Check out what's happening this month at Wilmington Dermatology Center!

Now Recruiting: Melasma Study

WDC is now recruiting candidates for a new study on Melasma!  If you aren’t familiar with the term melasma, it is a common skin problem causing brown patches or discoloration usually on the face.  These patches often develop gradually over time. Melasma does not cause any other symptoms beyond the cosmetic discoloration. It is also common in pre-menopausal women. It is thought to be enhanced by surges in certain hormones, which is the reason some may be familiar with it termed as “the mask of pregnancy.”

There are a number of treatment options available if you are dealing with melasma, which include:

  • Topical agents- like hydroquinone and tretinoin
  • Chemical peels
  • SilkPeel, or microdermabrasion

While we have options available for treatment, the biggest culprit for triggering melasma is sun exposure.  That being said, sunscreen protection is one of the most important things you can use to help maintain treatment results when dealing with this pesky skin condition plagued by many.

If you’re dealing with melasma and would like to seek treatment, contact our office today to see if you may qualify for our research study, which is a great opportunity for potential free treatment!  This particular study us a randomized, double-blind comparison pilot study evaluating the safety and efficacy of tranexamic acid, in a novel transdermal delivery system, compared to hydroquinone for improvement of melasma.