Author(s): Sheth VM, Pandya AG, Sheth VM, Pandya AG
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Abstract Several methods of treatment are available to patients with melasma. First-line therapy usually consists of topical compounds that affect the pigment production pathway, broad-spectrum photoprotection, and camouflage. Second-line therapy often consists of the addition of chemical peels, although these must be used cautiously in patients with darker skin. Laser and light therapies represent potentially promising options for patients who are refractory to other modalities, but also carry a significant risk of worsening the disease. A thorough understanding of the risks and benefits of various therapeutic options is crucial in selecting the best treatment. Copyright © 2010 American Academy of Dermatology, Inc. Published by Mosby, Inc. All rights reserved.
This article was published in J Am Acad Dermatol
and referenced in Journal of Pigmentary Disorders