Melasma can fade on its own. This usually happens when a trigger, such as a pregnancy or birth control pills, causes the Melasma. When a woman delivers her baby or stops taking the birth control pills, Melasma can fade.
However, some people have Melasma for years, or even a lifetime. If the Melasma does not go away or a woman wants to keep taking birth control pills, Melasma treatments are available.
If the medicine you apply to your skin does not get rid of your Melasma, a procedure may succeed.
Procedures for Melasma include a chemical peel, microdermabrasion, dermabrasion, laser treatment, or a light-based procedure.
New skin problems can occur when the person who gives the treatment does not tailor it to the patient’s skin type.
If you notice any of the following after getting treatment for Melasma, be sure to call your dermatologist:
Under a dermatologist’s care, many people with Melasma have a good outcome. Melasma can be stubborn, though. It may take a few months of treatment to see improvement. It is important to follow your dermatologist’s advice. This ensures that you get the most benefit from treatment. It also can help avoid skin irritation and other side effects.
After your Melasma clears, you may need to keep treating your skin. Your dermatologist may call this maintenance therapy. Maintenance therapy can prevent Melasma from returning.
You can help prevent your Melasma from returning by wearing sunscreen and a wide-brimmed hat every day.