TREATMENT OF MELASMA
- Melasma can fade on its own.
- This often happens when a trigger is causing the melasma, such as a pregnancy or birth control pills.
- When the woman delivers the baby or stops taking the birth control pills, melasma can fade.
- Some people, however, have melasma for years — or even a lifetime.
- If the melasma does not go away or a woman wants to keep taking birth control pills, melasma treatments are available.
- Hydroquinone: This medicine is a common first treatment for melasma. It is applied to the skin and works by lightening the skin. You will find hydroquinone in medicine that comes as a cream, lotion, gel, or liquid. You can get some of these without a prescription. These products contain less hydroquinone than a product that your doctor can prescribe.
- Tretinoin and corticosteroids: To enhance skin lightening, your doctor may prescribe a second medicine. This medicine may be tretinoin or a corticosteroid. Sometimes a medicine contains 3 medicines (hydroquinone, tretinoin, and a corticosteroid) in 1 cream. This is often called a triple cream.
- Other topical medicines: Your doctor may prescribe azelaic acid or kojic acid to help lighten melasma.
If a topical medicine does not get rid of your melasma, a procedure may succeed. Procedures for melasma include a chemical peel (such as glycolic acid), microdermabrasion, and dermabrasion.For More Info:
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