Treatment for Melasma


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There are many ways of treating melasma. These aim to reduce the appearance of the discolouration so that it is less noticeable. As melasma does not cause any health complications, the treatments are generally cosmetic.

Treating the Cause of Melasma

If your melasma is caused by a certain condition or medication, it is likely that it can be treated by making some changes. For example discontinuing your medication can reverse melasma. However, you should never do this without your doctor’s advice as it could cause serious health complications. Your doctor may be able to recommend a different type of medication to treat your condition to avoid melasma.

If your melasma is caused by a weakened immune system, it is important that you discover what is causing this as soon as possible. Once you know what is causing your immune system to become weak it is likely that by treating this condition you will reverse your melasma.

If you are malnourished or your diet is deficient in certain vitamins and minerals, your melasma can be treated by improving this. You should speak to your doctor honestly about your eating habits. They may be able to recommend a diet, which can reverse your skin condition or give you supplements to replace any substances that your diet is lacking.

Chemical Peels for Melasma

Chemical skin peels are often used to treat melasma. An acid is applied to your face to peel off the top layers of skin. The deeper the peel goes the more reduced the appearance of your melasma will be. However, deeper peels also carry much more serious side effects and can, in some cases, worsen skin discolouration. Chemical skin peels cannot cure melasma although they can greatly reduce its appearance making it unnoticeable to others.

Microdermabrasion for Melasma

Microdermabrasion is another way of removing the top layers of skin to reduce the appearance of melasma. The skin is removed with a mechanical device using friction. This can be successful in reducing the appearance of melasma; however, it can leave the face red for several months as the skin heals. Microdermabrasion has a limited effect as it can only remove a certain amount of skin. If too much skin is removed, you can be left with scars.

Laser Treatment for Melasma

Laser treatment is also a common way of reducing the appearance of melasma. A laser is directed at the skin in order to remove its top layers and promote the growth of healthy skin in its place. Laser skin treatment can be effective however, it also carries the risk of leaving you with burns, and can worsen skin discolouration if over used.

Skin Lightening Creams

Skin lightening creams can be used to reduce the appearance of melasma. These are applied to the skin that is affected in order to bleach the area and make it appear more like your normal skin colour. These can be purchased over the counter although for the most effective creams you will require a prescription. It may take a long time to find the skin lightening cream that best suits your skin. If you have sensitive skin, it may be better to use herbal creams, which are less likely to cause skin irritation.


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