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Melasma Treatment in Edina, MN

The best treatment for melasma starts and ends with Metropolitan Skin Clinic. This is a common skin condition that’s often triggered by hormonal changes, usually impacting more women than men. Though symptoms aren’t painful, melasma can be a cause of insecurity for those impacted. Those with darker skin tones tend to be at a higher risk for melasma lesions. To treat melasma, reach out to our team to get started.

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What Causes Melasma?

There are many circumstances that can trigger melasma on the skin. We’ve outlined some of the primary causes below:

  • The production of overactive cells
  • Sun exposure
  • Genetic factors
  • Pregnancy or hormonal changes
  • Race
  • Certain medications such as birth control pills
  • Topical medications that cause skin irritation can speed up melanin production

Melasma patches might develop suddenly and without warning or they can develop over a period of time. They are unpredictable in nature which means it’s difficult to predict melasma triggers.

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IMPACTED SKIN LAYER Epidermis (uppermost) Epidermis and upper dermis Epidermis, medium and deep dermis
EASE OF TREATMENT Easy Intermediate Difficult
EASE TO MAINTAIN Extreme discipline Extreme discipline Extreme discipline
FREQUENCY Most common Less common Rare
ETHNIC Mediterranean, Latino, Middle and Far Eastern Mediterranean, Latino, Middle, and Far Eastern Typically far Easterners
GENDER 90% women 90% women 90% women
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What Are Melasma Symptoms?

Excess pigment reveals itself in freckle-like spots or brown and gray patches in places such as the forehead, the bridge of the nose, the chin, above the upper lip, and even on the neck and the forearms. You’ll want to seek a melasma dermatologist if you think that you’re developing melasma. In making cases, a board-certified dermatologist will be able to diagnose melasma solely by looking at the skin tone and noticing the skin spots. Other dermatologists might need to conduct a biopsy in order to diagnose melasma flares and rule out other skin conditions.

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Treatment Options for Melasma

At Metropolitan Skin Clinic, we offer a range of topical treatment options that can make a big difference to the appearance and development of melasma. We will get to know your unique skin tone and determine the best treatment regimen to suit you.


The best melasma treatment is microneedling to improve uneven skin tone. Our dermatologists treat melasma with microneedling to pierce the skin and break the blood vessels that are located beneath the surface of the skin. Treating melasma in this manner helps to increase the level of blood supply to the area and increases cell turnover. Your skin will be able to form new collagen and healthy cells to improve and prevent melasma from developing in the future.


Another example of topical therapy that can help is BBL laser treatments that target pigment-producing cells. Using BBL and chemical peels is a safe approach to reduce the appearance of melasma; it works by applying controlled light and heat to different areas of the skin. Topical treatments such as BBL can cause the affected superficial layer to slowly flake away and reveal a more even skin tone that is free of melasma. It’s common to need more than one session to achieve the desired results through this treatment option.


If you develop melasma, you can also use combination therapy that uses topical corticosteroids with the above treatment options. There are many over-the-counter creams and products that can target sun-exposed areas, using ingredients like vitamin C, kojic acid, azelaic acid, glycolic acid, and tretinoin. Make sure to consult with your doctor to determine the best facial treatment for melasma for you.

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What our Patients Are Saying About Melasma Skin Treatment in Metropolitan Clinic

What our Patients Are Saying About Melasma Skin Treatment in Metropolitan Clinic

I have worked with Ami , Holly and Kati and they have been phenomenal! I high recommend the Metropolitain to anyone who is looking for great care. The staff is very friendly and highly knowledgeable!

William G.

What our Patients Are Saying About Melasma Skin Treatment in Metropolitan Clinic

LOVE this place! They are all very professional and well informed on the best skincare. I especially love Suzanne and Holly, thanks for everything ladies!

Bethany C.

Melasma Treatment in Minneapolis Area

The best laser treatment for melasma is offered at Metropolitan Skin Clinic. We have skilled melasma treatment dermatologists to assist you in every step of your journey and to help increase your confidence. Contact us to get started!


M: 9 am-6 pm

T-Th: 9 am-7 pm

Fri: 9 am-6 pm

Sat: 8 am-3 pm

Sun: Closed

Frequently Asked Questions about Melasma Treatment

What specialist should I see to help with treatment of melasma?

If melasma occurs and you can see brown patches and dark patches, it’s important to seek guidance from an experienced melasma dermatologist for assistance. There are many ways to treat melasma and you’ll want to get a specialized plan that addresses your unique needs.

Can melasma be permanently cured?

Currently, there is no permanent cure for treating melasma. However, we’ve discussed how using topical agents with glycolic acids, reducing ultraviolet radiation, and increasing sun protection can help improve and manage this condition. Melasma is a common condition that is ideally treated with guidance from medical professionals.


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