Can you please recommend a moisturising cream I can use that will not aggravate the melasma?

I've been suffering from melasma for 5 years now. My consultant prescribed pigmanorm cream which didn't help in fact the melasma got darker. So I stopped everything and cover with foundation and makeup I have been using NUR76 melasma lightening cream which doesn't help.

Doctor Answers 3

Simple moisturisers are best for melasma

Melasma can not be completely cured, however effective treatment are possible. I advise on simple skin care like cetaphil or Obaji hydrate as the ACTIVE ingredients as lists below can cause skin irritation. This is because your skin is extremely sensitive to UV and even the smallest amount can stimulate your pigment cells to produce colour. The mainstay of treatment is strict UV protection- hats, sunglasses and SPF every 4 hours.

I prefer to use a combination of creams and laser for melasma. Hydroquinone can be used (5-8%), along with vitamin A creams. I usually start my patients on laser (low dose Q switch or Picosure) a few weeks after they commence on creams.

In some cases I combine glycolic AHA peels, and in other cases I use a tablet called Tranexamic acid to help. All the best, Dr Davin Lim. Laser, surgical and aesthetic dermatologist. Brisbane, Australia 


Brisbane Dermatologist
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Elevase moisture booster with ceramides

I would suggest using Elevase Moisture Booster with ceramides to help moisturize while undergoing melasma treatments. Best, Dr. KaramanoukianLos Angeles

Raffy Karamanoukian, MD, FACS
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Melasma and Sun Spots -- Best Treamtent Is Clear + Brilliant / Aerolase w Microneedling PRP, Pro Yellow is Useful

Melasma is treated best with a combination of skin care, lasers, microneedling/PRP. I suggest you see an expert for a formal consultation.  Get a visia skin care analysis to help guide the treatment.  Best, Dr. Emer.

Jason Emer, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
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