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How can I prevent melasma?

Dr. Ellen Marmur, MD
Dermatology
Have your hormone status checked by a doctor, and protect yourself from the sun. Sunscreen is the best prevention for any kind of hyperpigmentation, including melasma. You can try any remedy, and nothing will work if you keep going out in the sun. And if you begin using hydroquinone or retinoids, be even more vigilant with sun protection, since these medications make skin photosensitive. It's almost impossible to avoid melasma if you are prone to it, but do your best with sunscreen.
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