Melasma is a type of skin pigmentation, related to sun exposure and hormones. It occurs more frequently in women (often after pregnancy), but can also be seen in men. It is experienced by patients of all skin types, with most common location on the cheeks, upper lip, chest/neck and forehead.
Due to our high sun exposure levels in Queensland, melasma is one of the most common skin condition complaints we see in our clinics. We have developed a range of scientifically proven therapies to effectively treat this persistent skin concern. Skin therapist Diane Lehto explains our treatment options below:
1. Sun protection
Prevention is always best, so sunscreen and sun protection are the most important aspects of our approach to keeping melasma under control.
Daily sunscreen use is imperative, all year round in Australia.
We recommend SPF50 and above. View our range of high quality sunscreen products here.
For those who like a quick two-in-one solution, we love our Synergie Mineral Whip makeup.
2. Microneedling with platelet rich plasma (PRP)
If you are prone to melasma, even with great sun protection unfortunately you’re still likely to see it pop up, especially after hormonal changes or a summer holiday.
Dermapen microneedling is a quick and easy way to exfoliate the superficial layer of the skin and stimulate healthy skin growth.
We often combine Dermapen with PRP for a boost of collagen and to address fine lines and poor skin condition.
3. Fraxel laser therapy
Fraxel laser therapy is used to resurface the skin and peel the abnormal skin off so it can be replaced by normal non-sundamaged skin. If you have recurrent melasma, it might be necessary to have maintenance Fraxel treatments every 1-2 years to keep your pigmentation at bay and boost your results.
Left, before and 7 days after Fraxel laser treatment for melasma at The Sharp Clinic.
4. Maintain with high quality skincare
Once you’ve lifted off the melasma, it’s important to maintain your results.
Our skincare range addresses sun damage, by reversing and preventing UV induced genetic errors - while regulating melanogenesis, to reduce hyperpigmentation; resulting in a bright and even skin tone.
Combination therapy is best
For optimal results, we recommend a holistic approach to melasma treatment that includes high quality topical treatments and periodic active facials to prevent and maintain your skin - and advanced resurfacing technology to reduce any melasma that develops. This requires some commitment to maintaining good skin health.
But the great news is, these solutions not only improve melasma, but also help reduce your chances of developing some forms of skin cancer - so you are helping to protect you skin for the long term too!