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Is Microneedling Good for Melasma?

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Melasma (discolored skin) on a woman's faceMicroneedling has long been used to improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, skin texture, and pore size by creating tiny wounds in the skin that stimulate collagen and elastin production. Microneedling, however, can also be used to treat hyperpigmentation, including melasma.

What is Melasma?

Melasma is a form of hyperpigmentation that causes brown, tan, or grayish-brown patches to appear on the forehead, cheeks, jawline, and bridge of the nose, although it can also form on other parts of the body such as the neck and arms. This discoloration occurs when the color-making skin cells called melanocytes produce too much color. Although not exclusive, melasma is almost always found in women and typically in women between 20 and 50 years of age. While the exact causes of melasma are still undetermined, melasma is often connected to a change in hormones (such as pregnancy, or the use of birth control pills or hormone replacement medicine), but can also be associated with excessive sun exposure since UV light stimulates the skin cells to produce color.

How Can Microneedling Help?

Here at The Spa at Spring Ridge, we are pleased to offer the Collagen P.I.N. microneedling device to treat melasma. This treatment uses more needles than traditional microneedling devices to pierce the skin and break the blood vessels just beneath the surface. Breaking these vessels causes an increased blood supply to the wound area where new collagen and healthy cells form, allowing your skin’s texture to improve and reducing the appearance of melasma and other types of hyperpigmentation.

Combine Your Microneedling Procedure to Enhance Results

While microneedling with the Collagen P.I.N. can significantly reduce the appearance of melasma, you may wish to consider combining your microneedling experience with a vitamin-infused facial or peel for further skin rejuvenation. Common companion procedures can include:

  • ENVIRON® Vitamin-Infused Facial uses vitamin A, vitamin C, and antioxidants to treat hyperpigmentation, which allows the skin to heal faster and provides the maximum stimulation of collagen.
  • HydraFacial® uses a combination of deep cleaning, microdermabrasion, exfoliation, and hydration to target brown spots.

ZO® 3-Step Peel™ treats melasma by blending retinol, exfoliants, and multi-action agents to rejuvenate the skin and allow the skin to repair itself.