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How can I treat melasma myself?

Dr. Ellen Marmur, MD
Dermatology

Think of melasma as a big brown spot, so treating it with the same kind of lightening agent - kojic, lactic, glycolic, or azeleic acid or hydroquinone - can be effective. Doctos prescribe a cream with the trifecta of hydroquinone, topical steroid, and retinoid to be applied to the area once or twice a day until the pigmentation is gone (or less than a year). This plus the conscientious use of sunscreen can remedy the problem over a span of months.

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