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Melasma Treatment: Regain Even, Radiant Skin

At Balanced Skin Dermatology and Aesthetics in Newport Beach, our board-certified dermatologists specialize in the effective treatment of melasma, helping you achieve a more even, luminous complexion. If you struggle with dark patches on your skin, our skilled team offers advanced solutions to help you regain your confidence and love your skin again.

Understanding Melasma

Melasma is a common skin condition characterized by brown or gray-brown patches, typically appearing on the face, particularly the cheeks, forehead, nose, and upper lip. While the exact cause of melasma is unknown, several factors can trigger or worsen the condition, including:

  • Hormonal changes, such as those during pregnancy or with the use of oral contraceptives
  • Sun exposure, as UV rays stimulate melanin production
  • Genetics, as melasma tends to run in families
  • Certain medications or cosmetics that cause skin irritation

While melasma is harmless, it can be a significant cosmetic concern that impacts self-esteem and confidence. If you find that melasma is affecting your quality of life, it's time to consult with a board-certified dermatologist.

Melasma Treatment Options

At Balanced Skin Dermatology and Aesthetics, we offer a range of advanced treatment options for melasma, tailored to your individual skin type, concerns, and goals. These treatments include:

Topical Medications

We may recommend prescription-strength topical medications containing ingredients like hydroquinone, tretinoin, or kojic acid. These products work by inhibiting melanin production and promoting cell turnover, gradually fading dark patches and evening out skin tone.

Chemical Peels

Chemical peels involve applying a customized solution to the skin to exfoliate and remove damaged, pigmented cells. We offer a range of peel strengths and formulations to address melasma, from gentle superficial peels to more intensive medium-depth peels.


Microneedling is a minimally invasive treatment that uses fine needles to create controlled micro-injuries in the skin, stimulating collagen production and cell renewal. When combined with topical treatments or platelet-rich plasma (PRP), microneedling can effectively improve the appearance of melasma and promote a more even, radiant complexion.

Laser Treatments

We utilize PicoSure Pro laser technology which is FDA-cleared to address melasma pigment across all skin types. These non-invasive treatments offer minimal downtime and can provide significant improvement in the appearance of melasma.

Our experienced dermatologists will assess your skin and recommend the most appropriate treatment plan based on your individual needs, skin type, and desired results.

Preventing Melasma

In addition to professional treatments, preventing melasma recurrence is crucial for maintaining your results. We recommend the following tips to help keep melasma at bay:

  • Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 daily, even on cloudy days
  • Wear protective clothing, such as wide-brimmed hats and long sleeves, when outdoors
  • Avoid peak sun hours (typically 10 am to 4 pm) when possible
  • Use gentle, non-irritating skincare products
  • Consider alternative forms of birth control if hormonal contraceptives are triggering your melasma

Our team will work with you to develop a comprehensive melasma management plan, combining in-office treatments with at-home care to help you achieve and maintain your best skin.

Why Choose Balanced Skin Dermatology and Aesthetics for Melasma Treatment?

At Balanced Skin Dermatology and Aesthetics, our board-certified dermatologists have extensive experience in diagnosing and treating melasma using the most advanced, evidence-based techniques. We prioritize your safety, comfort, and satisfaction throughout your treatment journey.

Our state-of-the-art facility in Newport Beach offers a welcoming, compassionate environment where you can feel confident in the care you receive. We understand that melasma can be a frustrating and emotionally challenging concern, which is why we take a personalized approach to your treatment, ensuring that you feel heard, supported, and empowered every step of the way.

Schedule Your Melasma Consultation Today

If you are struggling with melasma and its impact on your self-confidence, don't wait to seek expert care. Schedule your consultation with our experienced dermatologists at Balanced Skin Dermatology and Aesthetics in Newport Beach today.

Contact us to book your appointment and take the first step towards a more even, radiant, and confident complexion. We look forward to providing you with the highest quality care and support on your journey to achieving your best skin yet.