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How to Prevent and Treat Melasma

Updated: Jul 4, 2023

If you’ve ever experienced melasma, you may know how difficult it can be to treat this specific type of hyperpigmentation. Although treatments for hyperpigmentation are widely available, fewer treatments effectively treat melasma due to its hormonal correlation. Today we’ll discuss several proven ways to treat melasma and prevention methods.


Moxi is a fractionated laser service that is used to treat melasma. This treatment can be combined with other therapies like the BBL HERO for added results. This service is safe for all skin tones and visible results occur within just one session. For best results, 3-4 sessions are recommended.


BBL HERO is a broadband light treatment that is excellent at reducing and improving melasma in many skin types. This non-invasive treatment requires little downtime and offers many other benefits to combat the visible signs of aging in addition to its efficacy as a melasma treatment.

Cosmelan Peel

The Cosmelan Peel is the gold standard in peels specifically related to the treatment of melasma. As mentioned above, melasma is a particularly difficult type of hyperpigmentation to treat and the Cosmelan Peel is considered to be one of the most effective treatments on the market. It is a great option for all skin types and is considered to be very “lifestyle friendly” as it does not prohibit outdoor activity post-treatment.


IPL is another laser option for melasma treatments that might be slightly more comfortable than other laser treatments. This therapy uses a broad spectrum, flashing light to treat hyperpigmentation like melasma as well as other visible signs of aging.

How to prevent Melasma

Although it is wonderful that there are several methods by which we can improve or remove melasma, it is important to remember that melasma and other forms of hyperpigmentation are the results of changes and damage to the skin. Therefore, prevention is the best “treatment” method. While the hormonal aspect of melasma cannot always be fully managed, (melasma is sometimes called a “pregnancy mask”) there are many environmental factors that we can avoid in order to reduce the likelihood of melasma. Wearing sunscreen and avoiding excessive sunlight is the absolute best way to prevent developing or worsening melasma.

If you are seeking a melasma treatment in St. Pete, Coco Med Spa is here to help. Book a consult today to learn which method of treatment is best for you!

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