Best Practices for Melasma

by jeff on January 5, 2012

If you have Melasma then it is very important that you know what the best practices are in order to treat Melasma. You will also need to know what the causes of having Melasma are and what it is. Knowing all about the disease would mean knowing how to cure and prevent Melasma.

Melasma can be hard to treat because its pigment can develop fast. You can’t resist the appearance and development of Melasma if you will stay in the sun too long. The wavelength of sunlight is capable of making Melasma appear in our face. So, the best treatment for Melasma would be a topical hydroquinine cream, avoiding too much exposure under the sun, and no estrogen exposure. There are only one-third of the people who were helped by chemical peel or laser treatment, the other one-third was not successful because there Melasma still remains, and the other one-third of cases show hyperpigmentation.

There are many ways in order to treat Melasma. They are usually quick fixes with little destructive effect in our skin. You can have cryotherapy, medium-depth chemical peels, or lasers but they don’t have sure effects and may give adverse effects like epidermal necrosis, post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, or hypertrophic scars. There are people who are cured by this kind of treatment and there are also other people who are not affected by the treatment.

There are also many studies that were conducted in order to treat Melasma. Careful study is very helpful because this is one way of treating Melasma. For now, the standard treatment for Melasma would be the topical hydroquinone at concentrations of 4% or less. There are few patients that experience adverse effects from tropical treatment. The current recommendation for this treatment would be to have continuous treatment for 8 weeks before a fractional laser treatment. Light avoidance should be observed thus a good sunscreen should be used during day time.

There are also other practitioners who would treat Melasma by mild exfoliation with superficial chemical peels. The reason behind is that if melanogenesis can be removed by bleaching agents and keratinocyte turnover is increased, the time to heal Melasma would be increased. There are also many studies that proved that treating Melasma with superficial chemical peels and a bleaching agent is effective and safe. But, using them individually from each other does not have proven effect.

There are many ways and practices in order to prevent the formation of Melasma. But, the treatment of Melasma is not really constant and different treatments would give different results to different users. You can have maximum effect if you will contact your dermatologist and ask about the ways and treatments that are best for your skin.

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