Which vitamins and natural supplements can be used to help treat and prevent melasma?
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Natural vitamins and melasma.
Derivatives of vitamin A, and C can help, but these need to be infused into your skin via micro needling or a laser like clear and brilliant. Vitamin C is an anti-oxidant. Other natural methods include lactic acid, and fruit acid peels. Natural methods can reduce melasma, however conventional treatment outlined below has a higher success rate in treating this chronic condition.
Melasma can not be completely cured, however effective treatment are possible. 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