Melasma, a skin condition characterised by dark patches on the face, is often a common source of frustration for those wanting to achieve clear skin. While there is no single solution for the condition, skincare advancements have paved the way for multiple effective options. Our favourite treatments for melasma include SkinBase Microdermabrasion and chemical peels. Read on to find out why.
SkinBase Microdermabrasion treatments for melasma improve the appearance of the skin through exfoliation. Microdermabrasion is non-invasive, and uses crystals to gently remove the outermost layer of dead skin cells. As a result, it is an excellent method used to get rid of epidermal melasma. This process stimulates collagen production and cell renewal, encouraging the growth of new, healthier skin cells for a more even appearance. Microdermabrasion is a progressive treatment. As you move through a course of treatments for melasma, the pigmentation can gradually be brought to the skin’s surface. At the surface it is exfoliated away, revealing the new, fresh skin beneath. The effectiveness of the microdermabrasion treatment depends on the type of melasma and the depth of the pigmentation you have. In the case that microdermabrasion does not completely remove melasma, it can still improve the appearance of hyper-pigmented areas. Find out more about SkinBase Microdermabrasion.
Chemical peels involve the application of an acid solution to the skin, causing controlled exfoliation and peeling. When used as treatments for melasma, chemical peels can help lighten dark spots and promote skin regeneration, for a more even complexion. Skin experts recommend superficial or medium depth chemical peels as treatments for melasma, depending on the type of pigmentation on the skin. A professional grade peel uses strong concentrations of acid to remove the top layer of skin, or penetrate deep into the dermis, for powerful results against melasma. It is important to consider that redness and irritation are common side effects of using chemical peel treatments for melasma. Less commonly, blistering, infection and scarring can also occur after a peel. As with Microdermabrasion, you may require multiple sessions to achieve optimal results.
Choosing Treatments for Melasma
Melasma can be a challenge. But, with the right treatments and consistent care, achieving a more even skin tone is possible. Choosing the right treatments for melasma involves considering the severity of the melasma, and your individual skin goals. Find your nearest SkinBase Therapist to discuss your options and choose the best treatment for you.