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Melasma is a relatively common skin condition. It’s harmless but unsightly. The condition, which is caused by sun exposure and/or hormones, causes gray or brown patches of pigmentation to form on the skin. The most common locations for melasma patches are the:

  • Cheeks
  • Chin
  • Upper lip
  • Forehead

skin pigment

What Triggers Melasma?

No one is exactly sure. However, hormones seem to play a part, as it is very common in women during pregnancy. Once the baby is delivered, the melasma sometimes fades away on its own. However, melasma can also appear in women who are not pregnant and also in men. If you have family members who have had melasma, you should take precautions to protect yourself, such as wearing sunscreen and reapplying it every two hours every day, and wearing a hat with a wide brim when you are outside.

How is Melasma Treated?

The traditional treatment for melasma has been hydroquinone. This is a medicine that was one of the first successful treatments for melasma. Hydroquinone creams and gels have proven to be effective in treating melasma, and you can find some products containing hydroquinone over the counter. However, truly therapeutic doses are only found in products prescribed by a dermatologist.

Lytera for Melasma

Lytera is one of the newest treatments for melasma to hit the market, and it has proven to be very effective. Hydroquinone products sometimes don’t work at all, and when they do, it can take months of careful, regular application to get any benefit. Lytera works more quickly and effectively.

This product is a skin brightening cream that is hydroquinone-free. It is very effective in removing the dark pigmentation patches of melasma. Antioxidants in the product also work to create smoother and suppler skin in addition to evening out skin tone. Studies have shown that 85 percent of melasma patients using lytera had noticeable improvements in the appearance of their skin after 12 weeks, compared to only 68 percent of patients using a hydroquinone product. This clearly shows lytera to be the superior product when it comes to treating melasma.

Where Can You Get Lytera?

You can get lytera in San Diego from the office you trust at Laser Clinique. The clinic has been treating melasma in San Diego for years, always with the newest treatments. The addition of lytera to the list of offerings is something Laser Clinique is proud to introduce. With the regular use of lytera, most cases of melasma clear up within a few months when combined with chemical peels and proper sun protection.  Maintenance therapy with additional applications can keep it from coming back, ensuring you have a lifetime of clear, beautiful skin.

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