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A common skin condition characterised by brown or grey-brown patches on the face caused by an overproduction of pigment


What is it?

Melasma is a common skin condition that causes brown or grey-brown patches to develop on the face, cheeks (especially), forehead, nose, and upper lip due to overproduction of pigment in the skin.

What Causes it?

The exact cause of melasma is unknown, but several factors can contribute to its development, including sun exposure, hormonal changes (such as those that occur during pregnancy or whilst taking birth control pills), genetics, and certain medications or cosmetics that can irritate the skin and trigger the condition.


What Can You Do To Help Naturally?

There are several natural remedies that can help improve the appearance of melasma. These include using sunscreen daily to prevent further damage from UV rays, wearing protective clothing and hats when outside, and avoiding excessive sun exposure during peak sunlight hours. It is also important to maintain a healthy diet rich in antioxidants and manage stress levels, as stress can worsen melasma symptoms.


Is melasma more common in women than in men?

Yes, melasma is more common in women, particularly those who are pregnant or taking hormonal medications.

Can melasma go away on its own?

Melasma may fade on its own, particularly if it is caused by hormonal changes during pregnancy or after discontinuing birth control pills. However, in many cases, the patches may persist or worsen over time if left untreated.

Can certain foods or medications trigger melasma?

Yes, certain medications such as hormone replacement therapy, antibiotics, and anti-seizure drugs can trigger melasma. Certain foods that contain phytoestrogens, such as soy products, can also trigger the condition.

Can melasma be prevented?

Melasma can be prevented by avoiding excessive sun exposure, using a broad-spectrum sunscreen daily, wearing protective clothing and hats when outside, and avoiding certain medications or cosmetics that can trigger the condition.

What treatments are available for melasma?

Treatments for melasma include topical creams and gels that contain skin-lightening agents such as hydroquinone, tretinoin, and azelaic acid, as well as chemical peels, microdermabrasion, Venus Viva, and Dermalux Tri Wave MD. However, some of these treatments may not be suitable for all skin types or may have side effects, and consulting with a skincare specialist is recommended to determine the best course of treatment for individual cases.

Our Approach

Melasma is a particularly complex condition to treat as there is a lot to consider. At RSA, we are very experienced with treating melasma and other types of hyperpigmentation and have some of the best devices to bespoke the perfect treatment plan for you.

Treatments We Offer That Help With Melasma

  • Dermalux Tri Wave MD

    Multi-award-winning Dermalux® Tri-Wave LED is the leading non-invasive treatment that harnesses the power of light

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  • Cosmelan

    A world-leading professional peel with a patented formula to efficiently remove signs of sun damage and pigmentation

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  • AlumierMD

    A cutting edge, medical-grade skincare brand committed to delivering exceptional results using clean science

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  • Venus Viva (Face)

    Radiofrequency treatment for anti-ageing is non-invasive and pain-free

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