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Best Melasma Treatments

Melasma is a very common condition, of excess pigmentation on the forehead, upper lip and cheeks, which most often affects women in their young adult years.  It is not known exactly why some women develop melasma and others do not, but it is thought to be a combination of hormonal fluctuations and sun exposure.  The most common times to develop melasma are while pregnant or while taking oral contraceptive pills.  Even a small amount of sun exposure, such as what you receive while walking from the subway to work, is enough to bring out melasma in someone who is prone to developing this pigmentation. The best melasma treatments can make a big difference in the appearance of pigment on the skin.  There are three main ways of treating melasma: topical at-home medications, in-office chemical peels, and in-office laser resurfacing treatments.  At-home topical medications, such as tretinoin and hydroquinone, can block the development of pigment on the skin, but do not provide the most dramatic improvement of melasma.  For some women, a series of chemical peels can improve the appearance of melasma greatly, but this is not the case for everyone.  The best treatment for melasma is a laser known as the Fraxel Dual.  This laser stimulates turnover of the pigmented cells of the skin, in order to get rid of excess pigmentation quickly.  A series of treatments is best, though significant improvement can often be appreciated after the first last treatment. Click here to learn more about the best melasma treatments.
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