Concerns

Color Problems in your Skin

Leopards aren’t the only ones with spots. Whether you have red, white or brown spots, we can both treat and educate you on yours.

Rosacea
Rosacea

Rosacea

Rosacea is a common skin condition characterized by persistent facial redness. It can start with a tendency to blush or flush more easily than other people. Over time and with continued flushing, you can develop persistent redness that can spread from the nose and cheeks to involve the entire face. Click the arrow for ways to treat your rosacea.

There are many ways we can treat your rosacea starting from what you can do at home to what we can do at the office. If you have rosacea you already know that your skin is very sensitive. We can help you build the best skin care regimen for your type of rosacea.

Some of our most common treatments that we offer our patients include:

Melasma
Melasma

Melasma

Melasma, also known as the mask of pregnancy, presents as brown to gray-brown patches on the face, most commonly on the cheeks, bridge of the nose, forehead, chin, and above the upper lip. It is most commonly seen in women and is triggered by sun exposure, hormones, and harsh skin care products that can irritate the skin. It can be one of the most frustrating skin conditions to treat because it keeps coming back. Click the arrow for ways to treat your melasma.

There are many ways we can treat your melasma starting from what we can do at home to what we can do at the office. Some protection and skin care will be critical in helping to treat it. Let us help you build a skin care regimen. 

Some of our treatment options include:

Vitiligo
Vitiligo

Vitiligo

Vitiligo causes a loss of color, or depigmentation, to the skin and hair. It can affect many places on the body including skin, hair, eyes, genitalia and the mouth. Millions of people worldwide have vitiligo, and nearly half of them develop it before they reach 21 years of age. It is not life-threatening yet at MONA Dermatology we know that vitiligo can be life-altering. Most people have vitiligo for life, so it’s important to understand the disease and develop coping strategies early on. Click the arrow to learn more about treatment options.

Vitiligo develops when your pigment-producing cells, melanocytes, die. What causes this color loss is still a mystery. We do know that vitiligo is not contagious and it is not life-threatening. You are more at risk of developing vitiligo if you have a close blood relative who has vitiligo or if you have an autoimmune disease such as Hashimoto’s disease or alopecia areata

The goal of most treatments is to restore lost skin color although some people choose not to treat their vitiligo.

Some of our treatment options:

1. Cosmetics options to camouflage the lost color. This includes makeup, self-tanners, and skin dyes
2. Prescription medicines applied to the skin may return some of the lost color to your skin. Steroids and immune modulators are the most commonly prescribed topical medicines.
3. UV Light therapy or Excimer lasers may restore lost color to the skin.
4. Depigmentation removes the remaining pigment from the skin. Very few patients opt for this treatment because removing the rest of the pigment leaves a person with completely white skin. It may be an option for an adult who has little pigment left and other treatments have not worked. Removing the remaining pigment can be an effective way to even out the skin color, giving the person white skin.

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Brown Spots
Brown Spots

Brown Spots

Brown spots come in all shapes, sizes and types. Are they moles, benign growths or just a sign of sun damage and aging? We at Mona Dermatology can help you figure out which ones you have and may be able to treat the ones you do not like. Click the arrow for some treatment options.

Mona Dermatology has many ways to treat unwanted brown spots. An in-person consultation is the best way to determine which treatment is best for you.

Some of our options include:

Tinea Versicolor
Tinea Versicolor

Tinea Versicolor

Yes there is yeast in your skin. Tinea versicolor is a common yeast (fungal) infection of the skin that we see more in teenagers and adults. Yeast normally lives on our skin, but in the right conditions such as in hot, humid weather, in people who have oily skin or get hot and sweaty, or in someone who has a weakened immune system the yeast can grow and develop Tinea Versicolor. Click the arrow to learn about treatments.

It most commonly grows on the back and chest as white, pink, salmon, or tan oval to round patches that can be dry and scaly. The patches become more noticeable when you have a tan because the yeast prevents the skin from tanning.

Treatment includes over the counter and prescription anti-fungal shampoos, soaps, creams or lotions using selenium sulfide, ketoconazole, or pyrithione zinc as well as oral antifungals.

With treatment, the yeast is easy to kill. The skin, however, may stay lighter (or darker) for weeks or months. The skin will eventually return to its normal color. To help even out your skin tone, you should protect your skin from the sun and not tan.

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