Medical Dermatology

Pigmentation Conditions Blotchy Skin

Freckles, sun spots and other browns spots can appear due to any number of factors. Many people get them on their faces or in areas with routine sun exposure—especially across the nose and cheeks. These spots tend to get slightly darker in the summer, and they often fade in the winter. Regular sunscreen will prevent them from getting darker, and prescription-strength bleaching creams and medical peels can help fade them. In addition, Aurora Laser can even out skin tone on the face, neck, and chest.

Melasma produces dark patches across the cheeks of some women and a few men. This condition is due to a combination of heredity, sun exposure, and hormones. It can be triggered by pregnancy, birth control pills, or hormone replacement therapy. A strict regimen of daily sunscreen and a prescription-strength bleaching cream can help to fade the uneven tones, but this can take months. Medical peels are often used to remove these spots more quickly.

Rosacea is a type of acne that occurs only in adults. It usually appears in people with fair skin, and it tends to be hereditary. It often begins with easy flushing or blushing and later produces pink bumps, pimples, and pustules on the nose, cheeks, and chin. If left untreated, Rosacea can lead to distortion of the shape of the nose. Treatments may include topical and/or oral antibiotics and Aurora Laser to even out blotchy redness. It’s also helpful to avoid anything that causes the skin to flush, including hot or spicy foods and drinks.

Telangiectasias, or spider veins, are small red veins that appear on the sides of the nose and cheeks. They are not dangerous, but they can bleed easily if they’re accidentally scratched or otherwise traumatized, such as during shaving. Commonly called broken blood vessels, these intact veins are merely so close to the surface that they become visible through the skin. A dermatologist can treat these tiny veins in a number of ways, including Aurora Laser and/or Diode laser.