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Medical, Surgical, and Cosmetic Dermatology Located in Southwest Austin, TX

Are you plagued by spots and blotches on your skin? Reach out to Pure Dermatology, led by Chelsey Straight, MD, FAAD, and Christopher Chu, MD, FAAD, in Austin, Texas, to see if melasma treatment is right for you. To schedule an appointment, schedule online or call us at 512-766-2610 today.

Melasma Q & A

What is melasma?

Melasma is a common skin condition that makes you develop freckle-like spots and blotchy patches on your skin. Melasma spots and blotches may be tan, brown, grayish-brown, or blueish-gray and can affect any skin type.

Melasma tends to develop on your:

  • Forehead
  • Cheeks
  • Chin
  • Nose
  • Above the upper lip

Melasma is most prevalent in women, who may first encounter melasma when they’re on hormonal birth control or during pregnancy.


Is melasma a type of skin cancer?

Melasma is not cancerous, nor does it threaten your physical health in any way. If you don’t have a problem with how your melasma looks, you don’t need to seek treatment. However, whether or not it’s a source of insecurity, you should check it out if you notice signs of melasma to ensure it’s not something else. 


How do you treat melasma?

There is no cure for melasma, but the team at Pure Dermatology can help you manage it with a personalized treatment plan. When they put together your plan, the team considers factors such as your skin tone, how deep the melasma penetrates your skin, and many melasma triggers you may have recently encountered, like stress, birth control, or sunlight exposure.

Melasma treatment plans usually include:

Sun protection

To avoid darkening your melasma or developing new freckles and patches, you need sun protection. In addition to seeking shade and wearing wide-brimmed hats in the sun, Pure Dermatology will likely recommend or prescribe you a sunscreen that contains iron oxide, titanium oxide, or zinc oxide. For it to be effective, apply it regularly.



To even skin tone and reduce inflammation, the practice may prescribe a combination of topical agents and oral medications, like:

  • Hydroquinone 
  • Tretinoin, and a mild corticosteroid
  • Triple combination cream
  • Azelaic acid 
  • Tranexemic acid

In-office procedures

Sometimes, you need more than sun protection and/or medication. In this case, the practice may recommend an in-office procedure, like a chemical peel. 

Is melasma making you self-conscious? Find out how Pure Dermatology can help you improve your skin tone and regain your confidence with melasma treatment. To get started, book your appointment online or over the phone today.