How long does it take for melasma to fade?

May 24, 2021
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Melasma is a result of hyperpigmentation on the skin that can be caused due to various reasons. It causes a change in the skin tone, usually making it appear uneven. It can occur to anyone in their teens or adulthood and is more commonly found in pregnant and postpartum women.

Although it can be caused due to many different reasons, it is not painful and is a purely cosmetic inconvenience and can be cured over time through the right skincare products, and dermatologically-approved creams as well as procedures. 

In this article, we will talk in length about what causes this skin condition and how long does it take to conduct a proper melasma removal. So let’s move on to the next segment to know more.

What causes melasma on the face?

  • If anybody in your family has melasma on skin, then you’re more prone to getting it.
  • Melasma on the face can also be caused due to a lot of sun exposure without protection.
  • It is also important to understand that melasma can be caused due to hormonal imbalances. 
  • It is mostly seen during your teenage years and often in women during pregnancy. 

The exact etiology of melasma is not known, but as per the recent studies various treatments are being used in order to reduce melasma & they are showing results. 

In the next segment, we help you learn the most common yet different types of melasma treatment options and how quickly can you expect positive outcomes.

Types of Melasma Treatment 

Therapy to treat Melasma 

There are various cures for melasma available through a board-certified dermatologist. When topical creams and skincare ingredients do not do the trick, you can opt for various invasive and non-invasive measures. This includes chemical peels, laser treatments, oral & topical tranexamic acid treatments etc. These treatments have shown some results in some patients depending upon the level of pigmentation, whether it is epidermal [superficial level] or Dermal [deep Level].

If we are treating 100 patients for melasma, out of that 20% of the patients get very good results, with a clearance of pigmentation, 60 % of the patients get better results in the form of some reduction in pigmentation. But the remaining 20% of the patients may not improve at all with treatment or sometimes pigmentation may increase in spite of taking treatment. 

In order to judge your level of improvement, we need to at least undergo 5 to 6 sessions of treatment. This will help us in understanding whether you are a right candidate for melasma treatment or not. 

By comparing before and after photographs, we will be able to gauge the quality of improvement with every session. You need to understand that the best treatment for melasma on the face is a long-term commitment, and will require you to attend every session to see meaningful results. The mainstay of treatment is regularity in treatments, proper follow-up & mainly photoprotection & frequent use of sunscreen.

To learn more about Melasma Treatment and the kind of results you can expect, schedule a consultation with a dermatologist. 

Book an appointment with a Clearskin expert today!

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