Say goodbye to Melasma. Proven Treatments


By: Jennifer O’Connor Medical Esthetician & Med Spa Owner

☀Summer is coming to an end. Start working on clearing your MELASMA with some proven treatments and ingredients. 👉👉Learn the latest in treatments & ingredients that can help:

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In order to obtain effective results, we are acting on 2 mechanisms: At the level of the melanocytes to reduce the production of melanin and on the superficial skin layers by producing a soft exfoliation to stimulate the skin turnover in order to eliminate the superficial cells charged with pigments.

Treatments: recommended every 3 weeks. This works with the skin’s natural cell turnover. By treating at day 21 it helps prevent the pigment from appearing darker as it rises to the surface.

Avoid:Overly aggressive treatments such as straight high percentage TCA, high percentages of hydroquinone or heat based light therapy and laser treatments. They may can be effective for some hyperpigmentation, melasma may worsen. Initial lightening may be observed followed by a reoccurrence or worsening of the discoloration.

Option 1: Chemical Peels. You need to be careful to not have anything too aggressive. I have had good results layering light peels. The following have worked for my clients. Light TCA, Combination of Phytic acid, Mandelic acid, Gluconolactone, Lactobionic acid, Tranexamic acid, Sodium lactate, Mandelic with Salicylic, and Mandelic with CBD. The goal is to lift and lighten the pigment without causing any inflammation. Peels that incorporate anti-inflammatory ingredients are great! I also like to add a Retinol Peel Booster to help increase the exfoliation of the top layers of the skin to give an immediate lightening and brightening effect. Those prone to acne need to use caution with this as the exfoliation of the skin can clog the pores if not very careful.

Option 2.Nano Infusion or Light Microneedling to help infuse actives. I like using a mesotherapy solution containing Glutathione, Retinol, Vitamin C, CG-TGP2 biomimetic peptide, Acetyl Glycyl Beta-Alanine peptide, CG-TRX growth factor. I also use another mesotherapy solution containing Vitamins A, C and E.

Option 3. Combining treatments like Options 1 and 2 plus adding in LED therapy as well as Dermaplaning. Dermaplaning I find to be less aggressive than microdermabrasion. A light pass of microdermabrasion with a diamond tip that isn’t too abrasive or light dermaplaning pass can help increase the penetration of the other products. A combination of Red and Green can help with pigmentation and reduce inflammation.

Option 4. Picosure laser. I would use this as a last resort because lasers can produce heat and inflammation. Be sure to go to a physician that has experience using lasers with Melasma specifically. I have had many clients have a worsening of their melasma and pigmentation with lasers and IPL treatments!

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Coolibar Face Shield:

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Coolibar Face Mask:

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Skincare Boosters:

Alpha Arbutin 10% The Ordinary:

Lactic Acid 10% The Ordinary:

Azelaic Acid 10% The Ordinary:

Sunscreens for Melasma

Mychelle tinted and non tinted options spf 50

Mychelle spray mineral spf 50:

Elta MD UV physical spf 41:

Replenix Ultimatte:

PCA Skin Sheer tint:

Aveene High Protection SPF Compact:

Heliocare 360:

Cerave tinted:

Supergoop tinted: Makeup for Melasma

Dermablend Smooth Liquid Camo:


⭐Products to help with hyperpigmentation

Differin Gel:

Image Vital C Cleanser:

PCA Hydrating and exfoliating facial wash with lactic acid:

Image Ageless Cleanser with glycolic:

PCA Nutrient Toner with Lactic acid:

The Ordinary Lactic Acid:

The Ordinary Glycolic Acid:

Paulas Choice Azelaic Acid Travel size:

CE Ferulic Hale Cosmeceuticals 20% C E Ferulic under $70!:


Differin vitamin A derivative:

Cerave post acne mark retinol:

Neutragena Active wrinkle repair hydrating retinol:

Organic L-ascorbic acid diy :

Cerave Vitamin C with Hyaluronic:

PCA C quench Antioxidant serum:

The Ordinary Azelaic Acid:

The Ordinary Brightening Kit: :

PCA pigment Gel HQ free:

PCA pigment gel with HQ:

Paula’s choice BHA Exfoliant:

SPF Mychelle tinted and non tinted options spf 50:

Mychelle spray mineral spf 50:

Elta MD UV physical spf 41:

Replenix Ultimatte:

PCA Skin Sheer tint:

Aveene High Protection SPF Compact:

Heliocare 360:

Cerave tinted:

Supergoop tinted:

Dermablend Smooth Liquid Camo:


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