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Sarita Nori, MD (Dermatology)

Dr. Sarita Nori was drawn to dermatology because of the intersection of science and medicine that is at the heart of dermatology. She feels this is what really allows her to help her patients. “There is a lot of problem-solving in dermatology and I like that,” she explains. “It’s also a profession where you can help people quickly and really make a difference in their lives.” | Some of the typical skin problems that Dr. Nori treats include skin cancers, psoriasis, acne, eczema, rashes, and contact dermatitis. Dr Nori believes in using all possible avenues of treatment, such as biologics, especially in patients with chronic diseases such as eczema and psoriasis. “These medications can work superbly, and they are really life-changing for many patients.” | Dr. Nori feels it’s important for patients to have a good understanding of the disease or condition that is affecting them. “I like to educate my patients on their problem and have them really understand it so they can take the best course of action. Patients always do better when they understand their skin condition, and how to treat it.”

Yukiko Ueda, MD

Yukiko Ueda, MD (Dermatology)

Dr. Ueda graduated from the Niigata University School of Medicine and trained at the University of Tokyo Medical School. She is currently a clinical assistant professor at the Department of Dermatology, Jichi Medical University, and holds several posts in the dermatology departments at Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine, Komagome Hospital, University of Tokyo, and the Medical Center of Japan Red Cross Society.

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  • Moles or spots of different colors on skin or lining of the mouth

  • Red rash

  • Pink rash

  • Itchy skin not covered by clothes is itchy

  • There is a dry bumpy rash on the skin

  • Rash on the head

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What is Melasma?

A skin condition featuring brown or blue-gray patches or freckle-like spots. Melasma occurs due to overproduction of melanin in the cells that create skin color. Pregnancy is one common scenario for melasma so it is sometimes called the "mask of pregnancy." However it can occur on males also. It is commonly seen on the face, but can occur on the neck and forearms.

Typical Symptoms of Melasma

  • Black/blue/brown spots or moles, on the skin and lining of the mouth

  • Redness or bumps on the skin, that occur or worsen with cosmetics

  • Skin redness or red bumpy rashes

Doctor's Diagnostic Questionson Melasma

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this disease:

  • Are there black, blue, or brown spots on your skin? (Including moles)

  • Do your rashes worsen after applying cosmetics?

  • Do you have red skin or red spots?

Treatmentof Melasma

Avoiding anything that stimulates the production of melanin is central to the treatment of melasma, such as sun, tanning beds, LED screens, irritating soaps, and hormone-containing birth control. Treatment options center around the use of skin lightening creams, alone or in combination with retinoids, chemical peels and laser procedures.

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References

  • Passeron T, Picardo M. Melasma, a photoaging disorder. Pigment Cell Melanoma Res. 2018 Jul;31(4):461-465. doi: 10.1111/pcmr.12684. Epub 2018 Jan 12. PMID: 29285880.

    https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/pcmr.12684

  • Kwon SH, Na JI, Choi JY, Park KC. Melasma: Updates and perspectives. Exp Dermatol. 2019 Jun;28(6):704-708. doi: 10.1111/exd.13844. Epub 2018 Dec 21. PMID: 30422338.

    https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/exd.13844

  • Sarkar R, Bansal A, Ailawadi P. Future therapies in melasma: What lies ahead? Indian J Dermatol Venereol Leprol. 2020 Jan-Feb;86(1):8-17. doi: 10.4103/ijdvl.IJDVL_633_18. Erratum in: Indian J Dermatol Venereol Leprol. 2020 Sep-Oct;86(5):608. PMID: 31793496.

    https://ijdvl.com/future-therapies-in-melasma-what-lies-ahead/

  • Rajanala S, Maymone MBC, Vashi NA. Melasma pathogenesis: a review of the latest research, pathological findings, and investigational therapies. Dermatol Online J. 2019 Oct 15;25(10):13030/qt47b7r28c. PMID: 31735001.

    https://escholarship.org/uc/item/47b7r28c

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Reviewed By:

Sarita Nori, MD

Sarita Nori, MD (Dermatology)

Dr. Sarita Nori was drawn to dermatology because of the intersection of science and medicine that is at the heart of dermatology. She feels this is what really allows her to help her patients. “There is a lot of problem-solving in dermatology and I like that,” she explains. “It’s also a profession where you can help people quickly and really make a difference in their lives.” | Some of the typical skin problems that Dr. Nori treats include skin cancers, psoriasis, acne, eczema, rashes, and contact dermatitis. Dr Nori believes in using all possible avenues of treatment, such as biologics, especially in patients with chronic diseases such as eczema and psoriasis. “These medications can work superbly, and they are really life-changing for many patients.” | Dr. Nori feels it’s important for patients to have a good understanding of the disease or condition that is affecting them. “I like to educate my patients on their problem and have them really understand it so they can take the best course of action. Patients always do better when they understand their skin condition, and how to treat it.”

Yukiko Ueda, MD

Yukiko Ueda, MD (Dermatology)

Dr. Ueda graduated from the Niigata University School of Medicine and trained at the University of Tokyo Medical School. She is currently a clinical assistant professor at the Department of Dermatology, Jichi Medical University, and holds several posts in the dermatology departments at Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine, Komagome Hospital, University of Tokyo, and the Medical Center of Japan Red Cross Society.

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