Lucid Dermatology


Melasma is characterized by dark, discolored patches on the skin which can be worsened rapidly from exposure to sunlight. This can be a frustrating and persistent condition. Fortunately, dermatologists have developed a range of effective treatments to help manage and reduce the appearance of melasma. This blog post will walk you through the step-by-step process dermatologists use to treat melasma, from diagnosis to ongoing maintenance. 

Step 1: Comprehensive Diagnosis 

The first step in treating melasma is a thorough diagnosis. Dermatologists will : 

Step 2: Sun Protection Strategy 

Sun exposure is a significant trigger for melasma, even ten minutes in sunlight can darken spots of concern. Dermatologists will emphasize the importance of comprehensive sun protection: 

Topical treatments are often the first line of defense against melasma. Dermatologists may prescribe: 

Step 3: Chemical Peels 

For more persistent cases of melasma, chemical peels can be an effective treatment: 

Step 4: Laser and Light Therapies 

For stubborn melasma that doesn’t respond well to topical treatments or chemical peels, dermatologists may suggest laser and light therapies. These procedures may cause temporary redness and swelling. Sun protection is vital to prevent recurrence: 

Step 5: Microneedling 

Microneedling is another option for treating melasma which involves small punctures in the skin which facilitates texture improvement, remodeling, and improved even pigment on the skin. This treatment requires minimal downtime, but the skin may be red and sensitive for a few days. 

Step 6: Oral Medications 

In some cases, oral medications may be prescribed: 

Step 7: Maintenance Therapy 

Preventing melasma from recurring is a crucial part of treatment: 


Treating melasma is a multifaceted process that requires a personalized approach. By following these steps, dermatologists can effectively manage melasma, reducing its appearance and helping patients maintain clearer, more even-toned skin. If you’re struggling with melasma, consult our dermatologist to develop a tailored treatment plan that suits your specific needs. Remember, patience and consistency are key in managing this persistent condition. 

The Lucid Way: 

Melasma is frequently treated at Lucid Dermatology. We guide patients through the process of further worsening of the condition and help our patients achieve an even tone through our procedures in the office and topical prescriptions at home. Although this skin condition can be frustrating or stubborn, our treatment plans will bring you closer to your goals.

Before and After Images of Melasma Treatment

Before and After images of melasma
Before and After melasma treatment