Medical Treatments For Melasma

August 10, 2011

You can treat melasma by applying home facial creams on the concerned areas of your skin. Facial creams work by reducing the amount of melanin in your skin.  Aside from this you can also opt to undergo laser therapy, mechanical exfoliation or chemical exfoliation.

Chemical Exfoliation

There are various types of chemical peels that you can use to treat melasma. There are chemical peels that use 30 percent glycolic acid and chemical peels that use up to 70 percent of glycolic acid to treat melasma. Each chemical peel treatment should be individually catered to each patient depending on the degree of the melasma and the color of the skin of the patient.

Mechanical Exfoliation

Mechanical exfoliation, also called microdermabrasion, uses a vacuum-like device and crystals of aluminum oxide to safely exfoliate or remove the upper layer of the skin. The amount of pressure on the vacuum device is adjusted according to the tolerance and sensitivity of the skin of the patient. A single session of mechanical exfoliation can last from 15 minutes to an hour depending on the patient’s melasma. It normally takes more than one session of mechanical exfoliation to detect visible reduction of melasma on the skin of the patient. Mechanical exfoliation is best used together with the application of sunscreen and other skin care products.

Laser Therapy

Laser therapy is a non-evasive medical procedure to treat melasma. A special laser is used directly on the skin to superheat and destroy the melasma cells in your skin. Although undergoing therapy can reduce the amount of melasma cells in your skin, it is discouraged by some skin experts due to a recent study that indicates that laser therapy can worsen the onslaught of some types of melasma. It is therefore advisable to consult a physician before undergoing laser therapy for your melasma. Like mechanical exfoliation, laser therapy is most effective when done two to three times.


There are certain precautions that you should do once you have undergone melasma treatment procedures. After a chemical peel, laser therapy or microdermabrasion, avoid exposing your skin from the heat of the sun. Pregnant women are discouraged to undergo any type of melasma treatment procedure and even using skin treatment products to avoid the possible risk of harming the fetus inside the womb. Instead, pregnant women can choose to use cosmetics to cover the skin discoloration attributed to melasma.


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