Best Practices in the Treatment of Melasma with a Focus on Patients with Skin of Color

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Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology


BACKGROUND: Melasma is a chronic hypermelanosis of the skin that affects roughly one percent of the global population, predominantly affects women, and is more prevalent in skin of color.

METHODS: Steering committee consensus on clinical best practices.

RESULTS: We describe a flexible and focused treatment algorithm that reflects both treatment and maintenance periods that is a consensus of our extensive clinical experience.

LIMITATIONS: Use of real-world evidence; potential for individual practice bias.

CONCLUSION: Melasma can be challenging to treat, particularly in patients with skin of color, and our recommendations for best practices for patients in the US is an important step toward standardizing care.

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ePub ahead of print