Melasma treatment requires a combination of treatments including peels, melasma cream and sometimes laser treatment. Understanding melasma causes is important to prevent recurrence. Melasma is a particularly tricky pigmentation to treat and can never be ‘cured’, but there are treatment options that can lighten it to a cosmetically acceptable level. Melasma treatment involves the correct diagnosis of the depth in the skin.
What Is Melasma?
Melasma is a skin pigmentation that appears as map-like brown patches. It occurs most commonly on the forehead. It can also occur on the upper lip, cheeks and other facial areas. Melasma is difficult to treat and requires persistence. Melasma treatment involves reducing pigmentation and preventing it from recurring.
A combination of oestrogen and sun exposure causes melasma. There is a genetic predisposition, and though it can occur in men, this is rare. Melasma commonly appears at times of use of the oral contraceptive pill or during pregnancy (called chloasma in this instance) when the oestrogen hormone levels rise.
Good Sun Protection is Essential in Melasma Treatment
Step 1. Avoid Melasma Causes
Step 2 – Melasma Cream To Prevent New Pigmentation.
The essential ingredients include Vitamin A PLUS Hydroquinone 4%.
Even with prescription creams, it still takes up to 4 weeks to notice fading.
Step 3 – Melasma Removal – Best Peel For Melasma
Clearing pigmentation from the skin with superficial peels or Fractional Laser. The best peel for melasma is a superficial peel. These can include vitamin A peels or AHA peels such as lactic acid.
Fractionated treatments can give excellent results in resistant cases of melasma. Usually, 2-6 treatments are needed. Laser treatment is NEVER the first line treatment of melasma and only used for cases where other treatments have failed. There can be complications of worsening of pigmentation in some cases.
Step 4 – Prevent Melasma
The last step of melasma treatment is to prevent the melasma returning.
- Ongoing sun protection is essential
- 2% hydroquinone or niacinamide over the hot summer months.
- Melasma is never cured so you may need to consider intermittent treatment.
Summary Melasma Cream vs Laser for Melasma
Melasma cream and peels for melasma are the best approaches at the outset. Laser treatment of melasma is reserved for resistant cases only because of the risk of side effects.
No referral is required to our clinic, and you will be booked in for a free assessment with our Cosmetic Nurse or therapist.
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If you do require a prescription, you will be referred to our Doctors. There is a consultation fee with this.