Summary: Microdermabrasion DOES help melasma, but it is usually not the first prescribed line of treatment. 90% of those suffering from melasma are . . .
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Microdermabrasion DOES help melasma.
More Info: Microdermabrasion uses an instrument that sprays sand-like crystals across the skin acting like a mini-sandblaster on the surface layer of the skin. This sloughing of the surface layer exposes a newer, fresher layer beneath and is good for a variety of conditions including acne, light scarring, stretch marks, and skin discoloration including melasma.
Who Gets Melasma?
Melasma is a patch of discoloration on the skin seen almost primarily by women in their reproductive years. The skin condition is almost exclusively affects with more than 90% of those with melasma being female. People with darker skin as well as those who have family members with melasma are more likely to get it.
The condition will sometimes clear on its own, but if not there are a variety of treatments recommended for the condition, the most common being hydroquinone creams.
How Is Melasma Traditionally Treated?
Microdermabrasion is usually not the prescribed method of immediate treatment for melasma. Usually, a dermatologist will recommend a skin lightening cream such as hydroquinone. If this treatment is not effective, a second topical medication may be prescribed such as tretinoin, corticosteroid, azelaic acid, or kojic acid. If topical methods of treatment are ineffective then procedures such as microdermabrasion, dermabrasion, or a chemical peel may be indicated.