Hormonal pigmentation, also known as melasma, is a common skin issue that affects many women. It’s likely that you or someone you know has experienced this frustrating condition. But did you know that men can also suffer from hormonal pigmentation? Unfortunately, many men don’t seek treatment, allowing the condition to worsen.
In Asian men, about 2-5% have hormonal pigmentation, and the cause is usually not related to hormones. Studies have shown that genetics and sun exposure may play a role in its development. Hormonal pigmentation usually appears around the age of 30 on the cheeks and can gradually darken and expand over time. Men’s skin is generally thicker and darker, so it may not be as noticeable in the early stages.
Hormonal pigmentation can have a significant impact on a man’s appearance. People who are unaware of the condition may mistake it for a tan or dirty skin. In reality, it’s the accumulation of melanin in the skin that causes the darkening.
Treatment for hormonal pigmentation is similar for both men and women. However, men tend to be more impatient and less likely to continue treatment. Unfortunately, there’s no one-size-fits-all solution to completely cure hormonal pigmentation. The first step is to practice good sun protection by using SPF 30 or higher sunscreen daily and avoiding prolonged sun exposure.
For superficial pigmentation, topical creams containing hydroquinone, vitamin A, and steroids are commonly used. Laser therapy, chemical peels, and skin lightening products can also be effective. It’s important to consult a dermatologist to ensure the right diagnosis and treatment plan. Incorrect handling can worsen the condition or cause inflammation, leading to greater problems.
Whether you’re a man or a woman struggling with hormonal pigmentation, it’s best to seek advice from a dermatologist. With proper care and attention, you can minimize the appearance and impact of hormonal pigmentation on your skin.