Melasma vs Sunspots

Melasma vs Sunspots

Melasma and sunspots may appear similar on the surface, but they have distinct characteristics and require different approaches for optimal results.


Melasma appears as brown patches of skin, often on the cheeks, forehead and upper lip caused by sun exposure and elevated estrogen levels. These patches tend to be large with distinct symmetrical patterns and most commonly affects women in their thirties


Also known as liver or age spots, sunspots are flat, brown patches developed due to life long sun exposure. Sunspots appear on sun-exposed areas such as the face, chest, hands, shoulders, and arms and affects both women and men as we age



Sun Spots

Sun protection

Topical treatments (hydroquinone, tretinoin, AHA)

Gentle resurfacing lasers (Clear and Brilliant) or peels

Intense Pulse Light (IPL, BBL)

Can make it worse!

Stopping hormone therapy 

Prescription oral tranexamic acid 

Want to learn more? Watch the video below. 



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Disclaimer: Remember to consult with a dermatologist or healthcare professional for personalized skincare advice.


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