Melasma Treatment: Microdermabrasion

Melasma treatment is a medical procedure commonly sought by women in their 20s to late 40s, the child-bearing phase of their lives. It appears in the form of an increase in production of pigmentation in the skin. It typically develops on forehead, upper lip and cheekbones. These patches are darker than the skin tone and appear like sun spots.

You will come across a number of treatment options for treating melasma, but microdermabrasion treatment is one of the least invasive and risk-free techniques. The procedure involves the skin being sandblasted with aluminum oxide micro crystals that peel off a fine layer of the skin. It is used in salon therapy, scrubs, creams and medical treatment.

The Role of Microdermabrasion in Treating Melasma

The microdermabrasion process takes approximately 20 to 30 minutes. When lotions and creams are applied to the skin, a part of the moisture passes to the stratum corneum. This layer is prone to skin infections and the formation of blemishes.

Most of the dermabrasion action takes plase in the stratum corneum. It mainly targets the epidermis, rather than the dermis, and it would be more medically correct to call the process 'micro-epi-dermabrasion.' If it would have affected deeper layers in the skin, this would have been harmful as well as painful to the patient. It would also risk permanent embodiment of grains in the skin.

After the removal of this outer layer of cell, if exfoliating and lightening agents are now applied, they will be able to penetrate into the skin and act more effectively.

As soon as you are through with the procedure, you will feel your skin be much smoother than before, but slightly pink in color. However, there is no need to be worried about a long-term side effect, and daily activities can be resumed soon after the procedure has been carried out (with the consent of your dermatologist).

Repeat the procedure a number of times, along with glycolic acid peeling treatment. The skin color will grow lighter.


Microdermabrasion may not completely treat melasma and even out the tone of the skin as these pigmented cells run deeper into the layers of the skin.