What Other Treatment Option Do I Have for Melasma if I Can't Use Hydroquinone? My Skin is Ultra Sensitive to Everything

cheeks, nose, forehead and upper lip

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Treatments other than hydroquinone for Melasma.

There are many other treatment options available to treat Melasma. Hydroquinone free products are available that contain natural lighteners such as Kojic Acid,Vitamin C, Retinol etc that are safe to use all year around. Laser treatments are also a great option to help control Melasma such as Fraxel Dual and Illuminase which is combining vibradermabrasion with laser treatment and a tailored skin care regimen.These treatments are normally recommended to do in the fall to avoid sun exposure.

Raleigh-Durham Dermatologic Surgeon
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Alternative treatments to Hydroquinone for Melasma

Dear Patient,

For patients with sensitive skin that can not tolerate hydroquinone therapy, there are alternative brightening topical and chemical peels treatments. Topical therapies that help with melasma include creams that contain soy, kojic acid, arbutin, vitamin C, retinol, and others. These are not as effective as hydroquinone, but they will work well along with sun protection. Some over-the-counter gentle topicals you can try include Clinique even better, Aveeno positively radiant, Garnier skin corrector. At your dermatologist's office, you may obtain more elegant and potent natural skin lighteners to treat melasma. You can also do a series of chemical peels at your dermatologists, such as Jessner's peel, that can improve melasma. Good luck.



Marianna Blyumin-Karasik, MD
Davie Dermatologist
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