Melasma is a very common form of increased pigmentation that is commonly found on the face. Melasma can be frustrating, and in some cases is challenging to treat. Thankfully, several options exist, and most cases of melasma can be improved if not cleared.Read More
Toronto Dermatologist Dr. Michelle Levy’s dermatology blog.
Hyperpigmentation, in which patches of skin become darker than the rest of the skin, is a common concern among my patients, and lightening creams are an important part of the way in which I treat this problem. Most of the time, when dermatologists speak of "bleaching creams" they are referring to those products that contain hydroquinone, a naturally-occurring chemical that decreases the skin's production of pigment (melanin), and has long-been considered the "gold standard" in skin lightening. Recently, questions have been raised over whether or not hydroquinone is safe, and I think a discussion of the risks and benefits of creams that contain this ingredient is in important.Read More