What is a Melasma Peel ?

A melasma peel is a type of chemical peel that can be used to treat melasma. The chemical solution applied to the affected area causes the top layer of skin to shed, removing with it the unwanted melanin causing the dark patches. It is important to seek chemical peel treatments from a board certified dermatologist to prevent serious side effects. If you are considering a melasma peel to treat dark patches of skin, book a consultation at your local Forefront Dermatology practice and let one of our skin care experts recommend a personalized treatment for your skin condition.

Signs & Treatment of Melasma

Melasma is a skin condition that causes irregular dark patches of skin to appear, often on the face. Chemical peels similar to those used to treat other forms of hyperpigmentation may be recommended to treat the affected areas. There are many types of chemical peels that can be used to treat areas of hyperpigmentation, your dermatologist will recommend the type of chemical peel that is appropriate for your skin type. You can learn more on this page about melasma treatment.

Types of Chemical Peels used to treat Melasma

The following agents are recommended to treat melasma:

  • trichloroacetic acid
  • glycolic acid
  • salicylic acid
  • Jessner’s solution
  • tretinoin

Frequently Asked Questions

How effective are chemical peels for melasma?
Results from chemical peel treatments on dark spots caused by melasma vary from person to person but the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health states that "Peels have proved to be useful agents for melasma both as a sole treatment as well as an adjunct to other topical therapies". (Read more: Chemical Peels for Melasma in Dark-Skinned Patients)
Will this treatment work for my melasma?
can be greatly improved by first having a consultation and skin assessment by a skin care expert to make sure that your dark spots are in fact caused by melasma. Secondly, you will want to uncover the underlying cause of your condition, which is usually either hormones or sun exposure, so that you can prevent dark spots from returning.

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