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Melasma is a particularly difficult pigmentation to treat and can never be ‘cured’, but there are treatment options that can lighten it to a cosmetically acceptable level. Correct diagnosis of melasma as well as the depth in the skin is essential before treatment can be planned.

Melasma Quick Facts

  • Melasma appears as map like brown patches most common on upper lip, cheeks and the forehead.
  • Melasma is caused from sun exposure + oestrogen which is why it occurs in women and more common while on the oral contraceptive pill.
  • Sunscreen is the most important treatment measure you can take.
  • A combination of superficial peels and prescription lightening agents are effective in fading melasma in a high percentage of women.
  • IPL and other inappropriate treatments can worsen melasma.
  • Newer Fractional lasers can be used but are not recommended as first line treatment.

Skin Revision Treatment of Melasma

We have found that compounded creams containing vitamin A, vitamin C and hydroquinone combined with a series of peels can be effective in achieving lightening of melasma in the majority of women.

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