Dr. Leslie Baumann founded the University of Miami Cosmetic Medicine and Research Institute at the University of Miami in 1997 and served on the faculty, most recently as a Professor, for 12 years.

She authored Cosmetic Dermatology: Principles and Practice (McGraw-Hill 2002) which is the bestselling cosmetic dermatology textbook in the world and the New York Times bestselling book The Skin Type Solution (Bantam Dell 2005).

Visit her website at www.Skintypesolutions.com to sign up for free monthly newsletters or to determine your “Baumann Skin Type”. Her practice is located on Miami Beach.

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A Closer Look at Melasma

Skin discoloration, or hyperpigmentation, is usually a sign of sun damage that begins to worsen as years of unprotected sun exposure rise to the surface of the skin. While typical age spots become visible around the late ‘30s and early ‘40s, a skin condition called melasma usually makes its presence known much earlier.