Jan 09, 2017 - By Dr. Martin Kassir

How is one diagnosed with melasma?

Melasma can be diagnosed by a Dermatologist in Dallas based upon the appearance of the skin, medical history (pregnancies, hormones, medications, etc.), specialized photos, and the use of a Wood’s light.


Can lightening creams work for melasma?

Some over-the-counter topicals that contain special active ingredients may gradually help lighten melasma. Prescription strength topicals may be more effective, but can have more side effects such as dryness, peeling, redness, etc. Although the higher strength cream may be more efficacious, it is recommended to only use it sparingly and for a short amount of time.


What is the best treatment for melasma?

Depending on the skin type, medical history, and examination of the skin, Melasma treatments in Dallas can include microdermabrasion, microneedling with infusion of medical grade ingredients, light therapy, lasers, and topicals. Treatment for patients with melasma should be customized based on their skin and severity in order to achieve optimal results.


Can melasma be cured?

Melasma is a chronic skin condition that cannot be cured. With the right treatment(s), the signs of melasma can be reduced and controlled.


How can melasma be controlled?

There are several steps that can be taken to control melasma. It is imperative to use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least an SPF30 or more daily, and to reapply every two hours during excess sun exposure. Wearing a broad-brimmed hat even for short intervals of sun exposure (including driving) may be helpful. Use a skin brightener/lightener if prescribed by a dermatologist. Following these steps in order to minimize sun exposure, along with professional treatments, can help reduce the excess pigment caused by melasma.