Your skin’s natural coloring, known as pigmentation, contributes to a smooth and clean complexion. However, conditions like melasma and hyperpigmentation can lead to uneven or blotchy skin tones, potentially causing self-consciousness. Feinstein Dermatology, serving the Delray Beach, FL community, specializes in medical dermatology and offers a variety of solutions to address pigmentation issues. Trust our skilled team to guide you toward a more confident and even skin tone.

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What Is Melasma?

Melasma is a condition that causes your skin to progressively change its color or pigmentation, usually manifesting as tan, brown, or gray spots. Melasma tends to be most noticeable on the forehead, cheeks, and upper lip. Overexposure to the sun, as well as elevated estrogen levels, can trigger this condition. Melasma does not cause any pain, but it can compromise your self-confidence.

Melasma Treatment

Melasma can typically be controlled or prevented simply by wearing adequate sun protection. Additionally, women can decrease their risk level by switching to non-hormonal birth control methods. If you experience melasma symptoms, your first step is to seek a diagnosis from one of our board-certified dermatologists. We will provide an individualized treatment plan to restore your skin’s smooth, balanced tone through topical medications, microneedling, laser therapy, or a combination of both.

What Is Hyperpigmentation?

Hyperpigmentation is a term used to denote any kind of skin discoloration, particularly areas that become darker than others. Some common examples of hyperpigmentation include age spots, sun spots, and freckles. Many factors, including inflammation, sun exposure, and more, can cause pigmentation issues.

Hyperpigmentation Treatment

Our board-certified dermatology team will evaluate your skin, take stock of your medical history, and provide you with a diagnosis and treatment plan. Depending on the location, type, and severity of your pigmentation issues, treatments can include topical medications, laser therapy, microneedling, and chemical peels. We can renew your complexion and revitalize your self-confidence through the right treatment plan.

Meet Our Board-Certified Dermatology Team

At Feinstein Dermatology in Delray Beach, FL, our commitment is patient satisfaction and loyalty. We are defining the new standard in customer experience and outcomes, striving to lead by example for others to follow. With a dedicated patient base of over thirty-five thousand (35,000) individuals who have entrusted us with their dermatological and cosmetic needs, we have earned our reputation as a leading provider in the field.

Our team comprises dedicated professionals, including board-certified dermatologists, a board-certified Mohs surgeon, and a board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon. We invite you to experience the exceptional care and dedication that defines Feinstein Dermatology.


Meet Your Providers


Brian Feinstein, D.O., FAAD

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Thomas Cahn, M.D., FAAD

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Lawrence Enisman, M.D., FACS

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Meredith Hancock, M.D., FAAD

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Robb Wilentz, M.D.

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Nathalie Allison-Fecteau, PA-C

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Melasma and Pigmentation FAQs

Just like certain skin types are acne or rosacea-prone, others are predisposed to hyperpigmentation. Hyperpigmentation reportedly affects over 5 million people in the US, making it extremely common, particularly in certain skin types. The good news? Hyperpigmentation is completely harmless. It does, however, affect the skin’s overall appearance. For vanity purposes, it is not uncommon for patients with skin discoloration to pursue hyperpigmentation treatment.

Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation

Following injury or irritation, skin can become inflamed. In certain skin types, this inflammation triggers the production of more melanin, a substance that makes skin appear darker. Although post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation may not be permanent, depending on the spot, it can last weeks or months. Some of the most typical causes of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation are acne, rash, eczema, or psoriasis.

Sun-Induced Hyperpigmentation

We’ve all been warned of the dangers of sun damage causing premature aging and wrinkles, but did you know that the skin can cause discoloration in the skin outside of a temporary sunburn? When UV rays come into contact with the skin, melanin is produced as the skin’s natural barrier to the sun. Think of melanin as your body’s own way of producing sunscreen. Once the melanin is produced and deposited in the skin, it can appear as dark patches or sun spots that may be permanent unless removed by a laser.

While some factors contributing to hyperpigmentation, such as genetics and hormonal changes, may not be preventable, measures can be taken to reduce the risk and severity of pigmentation issues. These include wearing sunscreen daily, avoiding excessive sun exposure, using protective clothing and accessories, maintaining a healthy skincare routine, and addressing underlying skin conditions promptly.

Yes, melasma can occur in individuals of all skin types, but it is more prevalent in people with darker skin tones, particularly those with Fitzpatrick skin types III to VI. In individuals with darker skin, melasma patches may appear more pronounced due to increased melanin production and skin pigmentation.

While melasma most commonly affects the face, particularly the cheeks, forehead, chin, and upper lip, it can occasionally occur on other sun-exposed areas of the body such as the neck, arms, and chest. These areas may develop similar patches of hyperpigmentation, especially in individuals with significant sun exposure.

Feel Good About Your Skin

At Feinstein Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery, we’re more than just skincare experts in the heart of the Palm Beaches – we’re your partners in feeling good about your skin, for life. Our commitment is to help you embrace your skin’s natural beauty and maintain a healthy, confident glow. We understand that your skin reflects your well-being, and we’re dedicated to making you feel comfortable in your own skin. Don’t wait to take that first step towards your skincare journey – schedule a consultation at our office in Delray Beach, FL today at (561) 498-4407, and let us be the dermatologists who are there for you, every step of the way.