Personalized melasma treatments

Our prescription treatments are clinically proven to reduce hyper-pigmentation, brown patches and melasma for an even skin tone.

Our initial consultations are just $150.
Melasma 101
What causes Melasma?

Melasma is a chronic condition requiring long term management that includes a combination of strict sun protection and avoidance of sun, heat and skin irritation. Hormones and genetics play a role in the development of melasma.  Sometimes also called the “mask” of pregnancy, this type of melasma often resolves after pregnancy but can resolve more quickly with treatment. 

There are two main causes of melasma: radiation, whether ultraviolet, visible light, or infrared (heat) light; and hormones. Ultraviolet and infrared radiation from the sun are key in making melasma worse. Recently, a vascular and mast cell (cells that release histamine) component has come to life.

How to Treat Melasma
Integrative approach to melasma

Effective strategies for melasma treatment include prescription topicals and oral medication along with oral supplements. Combinations of hydroquinone, tretinoin, azelaic acid and steroid cream in varying concentrations and percentages are standard melasma treatments, resulting in significant improvement. Non-prescription lightening agents, like vitamin A and C, kojic acid, and niacinamide, show benefits for melasma skin discoloration and can be used without a prescription. Sun protection with SPF 50 or higher and use of tinted sunscreens are essential for prevention and maintenance. 

Cyclical use of prescriptions, natural remedies and chemical peels can prevent and maintain results.  At home peels with alpha hydroxy acids, lactic and salicylic acids are very helpful. 

Oral tranexamic acid is very effective for melasma and is best used for resistant melasma, although not all patients are candidates for this treatment.  Oral supplementation with licorice extract, beta-carotene, astaxanthin, and polypodium leucotomos, can reduce damaging effects of the sun and optimize results.

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