Melasma Treatment

To get a close-up look, your dermatologist may use a specialized device like a Wood’s lamp or dermatoscope. Placed on (or near) your skin, these devices help your dermatologist see how deeply the darker pigment reaches into the layers of your skin. This knowledge is extremely helpful if you want to treat melasma.

Sometimes melasma can look like another skin condition. To rule this out, your dermatologist may perform a skin biopsy, which involves removing a small bit of skin. Your dermatologist can safely and quickly perform a skin biopsy during your office visit.

Melasma may go away on its own. This usually happens when a trigger, such as pregnancy or a medication, causes melasma. When you deliver your baby or stop taking the medication, melasma can fade.
For patients who have melasma, dermatologists often recommend using a sunscreen that contains:

  • Zinc oxide
  • Titanium dioxide
  • Iron oxide
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Basil Hair & Skin Clinic
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