Melasma

Dealing with melasma can be a struggle. Melasma is a condition that produces brown blemishes on the skin and is usually found on the forehead, chin, cheeks, upper lip, or nose. While sun exposure, stress, dehydration and hormones can trigger it, melasma doesn’t have any health risks and isn’t painful. Makeup can be a short-term solution, but no one wants to feel uncomfortable without their concealer. The good news is that we have several topical products that can effectively help treat this chronic condition.
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Skin Products For Melasma

Reduce the appearance of Melasma, also called chloasma, with our depigmenting and hydrating skin products. Melasma is a harmless condition that produces brown patches or freckle-like spots on the skin and typically appears on the forehead, chin, cheeks, upper lip, or nose. It can affect any body part exposed to the sun, with symptoms worsening during the summer months.

Often called "the mask of pregnancy,” Melasma occurs due to the overproduction of pigment-producing cells. The appearance of Melasma can understandably make one self-conscious; however, treatments are available to reduce its appearance. Consult an experienced practitioner to devise a treatment plan tailored to your needs. The following factors are taken into consideration when creating a treatment plan for Melasma:

  1. Your skin tone
  2. How well the melasma extends into your skin
  3. Any triggers, including sunlight, oral contraceptive pills, or even stress.

A standard treatment plan often comprises

Sunscreen: The skin makes more pigment from sunlight, causing new patches of Melasma to form and the existing ones to darken. Wear a wide-brimmed hat outdoors and apply a mineral-based broad-spectrum sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher) throughout the day.

Medication and procedures: Your attending practitioner will prescribe a drug you can use at home to reduce excess pigmentation.

You may get one or a combination of 

  1. Hydroquinone: As the gold standard for treating melasma, it is the most frequently prescribed depigmenting agent.
  2. Tretinoin and a mild corticosteroid work to even out the skin tone.
  3. Triple combination cream: This blend consists of tretinoin, a corticosteroid, and hydroquinone. It can treat mild to severe melasma.
  4. Other medications: Your attending practitioner might advise you to use milder medications such as azelaic acid, kojic acid, or vitamin C.
  5. Procedures: You might be encouraged to add a non-invasive procedure such as a Chemical peel, Microneedling, or Laser and light treatments to improve your results.

You can also use skin-safe camouflage makeup to hide your Melasma. At The Skin Spot, we offer a range of corrective and protective products such as sunscreen, sun protection gear, cosmetics, cleansers, serums, and moisturizers. Restore your skin tone and confidence with our plastic surgeon-approved collection.

Skin Products For Melasma FAQs

  1. How can I remove melasma from my face?

Practitioners often use hydrocortisone as the first line of treatment for melasma. It evens out the skin tone fading out the color caused by melasma. It also reduces the chance of dermatitis caused by other agents.

  1. How can I remove melasma from my face naturally?

Studies have found that topical aloe Vera preparation remarkably improved melasma in pregnant women. Tranexamic acid and glutathione are also promising treatments for melasma that you can naturally find in the body.

  1. Is vitamin C serum good for melasma?

Full-face iontophoresis of vitamin C has shown to be a successful short-term treatment for melasma and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. Iontophoresis is a process that uses an electrical charge to push molecules into the skin. This treatment prevents melanin from forming in large clumps.

  1. Is Retinol Good for melasma?

Retinol is an effective treatment for melasma that is much less irritating. It speeds up the cell turnover rate, pushing the damaged, pigmented cells to the surface and making room for fresh, new cells. The result is brighter, more even-toned skin.