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Treating Melasma and Brown Spots

Melasma, though a common skin condition, can be tricky to live with. If you want to remove freckles and dark spots caused by melasma, here’s what you need to know.

What is Melasma?

Melasma is a form of hyperpigmentation that occurs on the skin. This condition often causes brown spots or patches across the affected area. Hyperpigmentation freckles that come about as a result of this skin condition typically aren’t harmful in any way, but they can take a toll on your self-esteem.

The majority of people who develop melasma see the condition on areas like their cheeks, nose, forehead, upper lip, and chin. If you want to check for melasma, your first instinct should be to look in places that are frequently exposed to the sun, like those we listed above. Melasma is also commonly developed during pregnancy. In fact, it’s so common to develop this condition during pregnancy that it’s often referred to as the “mask of pregnancy.”

It’s believed that hormones play a big role in the development of melasma on the skin. But what can you do about it?

Chemical Peel

A chemical peel is designed to help even skin tone and brighten up your skin. If your goal is to lessen the appearance of your melasma and get rid of dark spots, a chemical peel is an excellent option to consider. Not only can it reduce the appearance of our melasma, but it can also help minimize any unwanted fine lines and wrinkles, as well as the appearance of acne scars.

The only thing you need to keep in mind if you want to invest in a chemical peel is that the results take time to fully reveal themselves. In most cases, you’ll need anywhere from three to six treatments to see optimal results. In most cases, you’ll also need to wait about two weeks between each treatment to get the most out of your procedures.

This cosmetic dermatology service is definitely one to consider if you’re not enthusiastic about trying over-the-counter creams.


Microdermabrasion, much like the chemical peels that we discussed above, has the goal of tightening, brightening, and smoothing out the surface of your skin. This is an intense form of exfoliation that quite literally removes the topmost layers of your skin to reveal smooth, new skin underneath. Not only does this treatment help minimize the appearance of dark spots and freckles, it also offers a youthful glow.

There are multiple types of microdermabrasion machines and methods, so it’s a good idea to speak with your dermatologist about which may be best for your skin. If you have sensitive skin and you want to pursue microdermabrasion as a treatment option for melasma, you’ll likely want to be as gentle as possible. In addition, it may take multiple treatments to see the results you desire.

You deserve to feel comfortable in your skin. If you’re wondering what types of melasma treatments would be best for you or you’re ready to book an appointment, set up your consultation with NEDA today.

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