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How To Get Rid Of Melasma: 5 Best Melasma Treatments

Are you struggling with melasma? Here’s a guide to help you find the best melasma treatment.

What is melasma?

Melasma is a common skin condition that causes brown or grey patches to appear on the skin. Melasma can occur anywhere, but it is primarily seen on the face. These patches commonly occur in these areas:

  • Bridge of the nose
  • Forehead
  • Cheeks
  • Chin
  • Upper lip
  • Forearms
  • Neck
  • Shoulders

While anyone can get melasma, it is more common in women. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, 90 percent of people who develop melasma are women.

What causes melasma?

While the exact cause of melasma is not known, here are some factors that can trigger melasma:

  • Hormones: Hormonal imbalance can trigger melasma. Pregnancy, menopause, oral contraceptives and even normal monthly hormone fluctuation could potentially worsen melasma.
  • UV exposure: UV light from the sun triggers the body to produce more melanin by stimulating melanocytes, a type of cell in our skin. This can cause melasma.
  • Genetics: Some people are more genetically predisposed to developing melasma.
  • Stress: Since stress causes the body to make more of the hormone cortisol, it may trigger melasma.
  • Heat: Heat is one of the most common triggers for melasma as it increases vasodilation. Additionally, heat can stimulate melanocyte pigment production, causing inflammation.

What is the best melasma treatment?

Are you searching for safe and effective melasma treatment? While there is no permanent cure for melasma, you can effectively manage it with the help of the right melasma treatment. Here are our top melasma treatment recommendations:


If you are looking for an effective melasma treatment, you should check out microdermabrasion. It is recommended for melasma as it removes and renews the surface level of the skin. Another benefit of this melasma treatment is that it requires minimal downtime. You can resume your day-to-day activities immediately after the procedure. For best results, we recommend combining this treatment with a chemical peel.

Chemical peels

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, chemical peels are a great melasma treatment option. Chemical peels contain mild acids that are applied in a single layer on the skin. They reduce the appearance of colored patches by removing the top layer of the skin and uncovering new, healthy skin. There are three types of chemical peels:

  • Superficial peels: These only penetrate the outer layer of the skin. These peels use mild acids like alpha-hydroxy acid.
  • Medium peels: These use trichloroacetic or glycolic acid to reach the middle and outer layer of the skin.
  • Deep peels: These fully penetrate the middle layer to remove dead skin cells.

PICO Genesis

PICO Genesis is one of the best melasma treatment options available in the market. It works effectively at treating melasma, leaving you with a bright, radiant and even-toned complexion. PICO Genesis uses three highly-effective wavelengths in ultra-short pulses to cause an intense, non-thermal, photo mechanical disruption and remodeling of the upper dermis. It is a highly safe melasma treatment option. Since it uses a non-thermal laser to break down the pigmentation, it does not cause any harm to the surrounding tissues.

Laser resurfacing

Did you know that lasers can be extremely effective in treating melasma? Laser resurfacing is a facial rejuvenation procedure that involves lasers to help improve skin texture and treat melasma. The waves penetrate the skin and cause the darkened or discolored skin to flake and fall off following the treatment.Depending on your individual needs, your dermatologist may recommend either of the two types of lasers:

  • Ablative lasers: This is a wounding laser that removes the thin outer layer of skin (epidermis) and heats the underlying skin (dermis), which stimulates the growth of new collagen fibers. Types of ablative treatments include the carbon dioxide (CO2) laser, the erbium laser, and combination systems.
  • Non-ablative lasers: This is a non-wounding laser that stimulates collagen growth, which over time helps improve skin tone and texture. This is less invasive than ablative lasers. Types of non-ablative lasers include pulsed light, pulsed-dye lasers, and fractional lasers.

Where to find the best melasma treatment?

Your search for the best melasma treatment ends at Biolite. From PICO Genesis to microdermabrasion, we offer a wide range of treatments for melasma. If you wish to learn more about these melasma treatments, you can speak to us on +971 4 346 6641, email on, or schedule an appointment here.

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