Melasma skin care

Prescription skin care entails carefully selecting skin care products based upon your type of pigmentation, skin type & sensitivities. Each patient has a tailored pigment program with our curated range of products & prescriptive creams.

Recovery

0-4 days

Results

1 week

Treatment Time

10 minutes

Aftercare

SPF, pigment correctors

Treatment science score

Treatment science score

  • Skincare forms the foundation of pigmentation treatment & prevention
  • Our curated range of products are carefully chosen for maximal effectiveness
  • Brands we stock include Synergie, Zo Skin Health, Aspect Dr, Rationale & more
  • Our dermatologist hand picks the best products from each brand

Our dermatologists have carefully chosen the very best pigment targeted skin care from leading brands to effectively treat & prevent pigmentation.

What is our difference?

The Melasma Clinic hand picks the best pigment correctors from over a dozen leading brands. As clinicians, we also prescribe bespoke compounded formulations based upon the type of pigment signature you have, ensuring that the most appropriate ingredient combination & percentages are chosen.

How do we select the best skincare for pigmentation?

  • Clinical examination of your pigment type using polarized light & dermatoscopy
  • Understanding the pigment output & your skin’s sensitivity
  • Selecting key ingredients
  • Integrating a curated skin care line to your skincare routine

Why are antioxidants important when treating pigmentation?

Antioxidants are the second layer of defense after sunscreens. They help protect skin cells from UV & environmental damage. This is especially important for pigmentation conditions such as melasma & age spots. Antioxidants should be used in the morning as part of your skin care routine for both pigmentation & anti-aging.

What are our recommended antioxidants?

The most potent antioxidants are vitamin E or tocopherol, vitamin C or ascorbic acid & ferulic acid. The ideal concentration & formulation depends on your skin type & sensitivities. We also prescribe silymarin, green tea, retinol & resveratrol creams.

What is the best sunscreen?

If you are serious about treating pigment, the very first step is sunscreen. A basic formulation is –

  • Daily SPF 50+ broad spectrum, applied twice a day
  • Sport or weekend 50+ waterproof
  • Iron oxide mineral make up

Brands we recommend include SkinCeuticals, Elta, Melan 130, La Roche Posay.

Your clinician will guide you through your specific protocol & pigment corrector. This only applies to potentially irritating agents, it is not a blanket guide for all topicals/pigment correctors 
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Still sensitive, even if short contact? 
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1️⃣Use half the amount (dilute in moisturizer) 
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2️⃣ moisturiser before & after
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3️⃣Titrate use, ie. skip a day….or three
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4️⃣Test spot for allergy (very rare, skin irritation more common). Use a tiny amount, apply to the inner arm, photograph 📸the reaction taking note of the time it takes to develop irritation. Show this to your treating clinician to interpret & they will guide you. Irritation is different from allergic reactions💯
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👉🙏🏼Addition of topicals will be guided by your treating clinician, based upon your skin sensitivity, current topical use & treatment (peels vs lasers). Timing is important 
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The Melasma Clinic
Brisbane | Sydney🇦🇺
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#themelasmaclinic #melasma #dermatologistsydney

Your clinician will guide you through your specific protocol & pigment corrector. This only applies to potentially irritating agents, it is not a blanket guide for all topicals/pigment correctors
.
Still sensitive, even if short contact?
.
1️⃣Use half the amount (dilute in moisturizer)
.
2️⃣ moisturiser before & after
.
3️⃣Titrate use, ie. skip a day….or three
.
4️⃣Test spot for allergy (very rare, skin irritation more common). Use a tiny amount, apply to the inner arm, photograph 📸the reaction taking note of the time it takes to develop irritation. Show this to your treating clinician to interpret & they will guide you. Irritation is different from allergic reactions💯
.
👉🙏🏼Addition of topicals will be guided by your treating clinician, based upon your skin sensitivity, current topical use & treatment (peels vs lasers). Timing is important
.
The Melasma Clinic
Brisbane | Sydney🇦🇺
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#themelasmaclinic #melasma #dermatologistsydney
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Dr Vee Mang is an Australian trained physician with extensive experience in skin, having worked in the field of dermatology. She’s a cosmetic physician who works with Dr Van Park & Dr Davin Lim in Woollahra, Sydney
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👉Her interests: Pigmentation, neurotoxin, acne management, anti-aging
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📖Bookings: Open for consultation, send your expression of interest at our website, melasmaclinic.com.au Yes, an expression of interest is required for the Sydney clinic. 
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The Melasma Clinic
Brisbane | Sydney🇦🇺
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#themelasmaclinic #melasma

Dr Vee Mang is an Australian trained physician with extensive experience in skin, having worked in the field of dermatology. She’s a cosmetic physician who works with Dr Van Park & Dr Davin Lim in Woollahra, Sydney
.
👉Her interests: Pigmentation, neurotoxin, acne management, anti-aging
.
📖Bookings: Open for consultation, send your expression of interest at our website, melasmaclinic.com.au Yes, an expression of interest is required for the Sydney clinic.
.
The Melasma Clinic
Brisbane | Sydney🇦🇺
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#themelasmaclinic #melasma
...

Dr Van Park is the co-founder of The Melasma Clinic. She’s a key opinion leader in the field of aesthetic injectables with her innovative & novel injection techniques with neuromodulators & soft tissue injectables
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👉Rumor has it that Davin Lim fixed her melasma & hence why she founded this clinic. 
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📖Bookings: She’s closed her books, but occasional consults may arise 
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The Melasma Clinic
Brisbane | Sydney🇦🇺
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#themelasmaclinic #drvanpark #dvp #clinicdvp #cosmeticphysician

Dr Van Park is the co-founder of The Melasma Clinic. She’s a key opinion leader in the field of aesthetic injectables with her innovative & novel injection techniques with neuromodulators & soft tissue injectables
.
👉Rumor has it that Davin Lim fixed her melasma & hence why she founded this clinic.
.
📖Bookings: She’s closed her books, but occasional consults may arise
.
The Melasma Clinic
Brisbane | Sydney🇦🇺
.
#themelasmaclinic #drvanpark #dvp #clinicdvp #cosmeticphysician
...

Davin Lim is a technician & co-founder. He comes up with the diagnosis, management plan & settings, nothing more. He fixed Van’s melasma & the rest is history☄️
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👉In store: working on AI for ‘virtual Davin’, namely programmed AI bot for Q and A, coupled with AI video & virtual voice. Bot Q & A will be released in the next few weeks, virtual video & voice within 6 months (hopefully)
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📖Bookings: handful of appointments available in Sydney every month, expression of interest via melasmaclinic.com.au 
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🏡The Melasma Clinic
Brisbane | Sydney🇦🇺
.
#davinlim #drdavinlim #themelasmaclinic #dermatologistsydney #dermatologyclinicsydney

Davin Lim is a technician & co-founder. He comes up with the diagnosis, management plan & settings, nothing more. He fixed Van’s melasma & the rest is history☄️
.
👉In store: working on AI for ‘virtual Davin’, namely programmed AI bot for Q and A, coupled with AI video & virtual voice. Bot Q & A will be released in the next few weeks, virtual video & voice within 6 months (hopefully)
.
📖Bookings: handful of appointments available in Sydney every month, expression of interest via melasmaclinic.com.au
.
🏡The Melasma Clinic
Brisbane | Sydney🇦🇺
.
#davinlim #drdavinlim #themelasmaclinic #dermatologistsydney #dermatologyclinicsydney
...

IPL is awesome for non-melasma pigmentation but is often a cause of flare ups for melasma pigment. The reason is the excessive heat that is often associated with IPL. Exception to this rule is the use of exact filters in correct pulse widths with co-prescription of pigment inhibitors- medical therapy. It can be done, but the threshold for error is very thin💯
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👉This patient: treated with old fashioned dermal toning with nano-lasers, Spectra by Lutronic, in addition to medical therapy
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📆👉Timeline: 10 weeks. Pico lasers offer faster resolution, if performed correctly. 
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Dr Davin Lim
Dermatologist
Brisbane | Sydney🇦🇺
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#drdavinlim #IPL #IPLtreatment #melasma #melasmacure #melasmasurvivor #melasmaskincare #themelasmaclinic #sydneydermatologist

IPL is awesome for non-melasma pigmentation but is often a cause of flare ups for melasma pigment. The reason is the excessive heat that is often associated with IPL. Exception to this rule is the use of exact filters in correct pulse widths with co-prescription of pigment inhibitors- medical therapy. It can be done, but the threshold for error is very thin💯
.
👉This patient: treated with old fashioned dermal toning with nano-lasers, Spectra by Lutronic, in addition to medical therapy
.
📆👉Timeline: 10 weeks. Pico lasers offer faster resolution, if performed correctly.
.
Dr Davin Lim
Dermatologist
Brisbane | Sydney🇦🇺
.
#drdavinlim #IPL #IPLtreatment #melasma #melasmacure #melasmasurvivor #melasmaskincare #themelasmaclinic #sydneydermatologist
...

Dermamelan & Cosmelan peels have arrived 💯
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👉Novel peels: are a good option for primarily epidermal melasma and superficial pigmentation, albeit a downtime of 6-12 days 
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👌🏻Employ peels based upon diagnostic features of pigment and allowed recovery of the patient 
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🏡The Melasma Clinic Sydney-Brisbane 🇦🇺
#melasma #cosmelan2 #cosmelanmask #cosmelanpeel

Dermamelan & Cosmelan peels have arrived 💯
.
👉Novel peels: are a good option for primarily epidermal melasma and superficial pigmentation, albeit a downtime of 6-12 days
.
👌🏻Employ peels based upon diagnostic features of pigment and allowed recovery of the patient
.
🏡The Melasma Clinic Sydney-Brisbane 🇦🇺
#melasma #cosmelan2 #cosmelanmask #cosmelanpeel
...

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How good is retinol for pigmentation?

The biggest misconception about retinol is its value in treating pigmentation. Whilst a common additive in many pigment directed skin care products, its true role is anti-aging.

Our dermatologist’s view is that there are many other ingredients that are more effective in suppressing pigmentation as compared to retinol. Examples include ascorbic, Kojic & azelaic acids. We do employ retinol as an ‘active’ ingredient during the maintenance of melasma, as it can improve the structural integrity of skin.

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What is Cosmelan 2 & is it good for pigmentation?

Cosmelan 2 is a maintenance cream that is used after Dermamelan & Cosmelan peels. It can be effective in some patients, depending on the level of pigmentation. It contains retinoids, vitamin C, sunscreen, & kojic acid as part of its ingredient list.

It is advisable to understand the type of pigment & the depth prior to trying creams.

The Melasma Clinic difference

Our specialist clinic is overseen by dermatologists who provide a comprehensive & bespoke approach to skin care. We consider the complexity and individuality of your skin. Our pigment solutions include preventing future recurrences of melasma. Our ethos is to improve & maintain your skin’s health & vitality as an ongoing commitment to our patients.

What is the Cosmelan peel & is it effective?

The Cosmelan peel is a novel peeling solution for freckles & pigmentation. It removes 60-80% of freckles in one treatment; however it is associated with prolonged recovery of nearly one week.

A better, more cost-effective solution is Picosure Pro laser. This has little to no recovery, costs less, clears more pigmentation, & only requires 1-2 sessions for maximum effectiveness.

What does a melasma skin care routine look like?

AM: Antioxidants + sunscreen
PM: Pigment correctors & enzyme blockers

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How to treat PIGMENTATION

If I can identify the cause of pigmentation, chances are I can treat it. This can only be achieved with careful real time examination…

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A SummaryPrescription pigment correctors

Dr Davin Lim | Dermatologist
The Melasma Clinic, Brisbane | Sydney

Best results are seen when the correct pigment corrector is prescribed for your condition. We select from over 30 skin care ingredients & over a 2 dozen products, depending on the type of pigmentation that patients present with. Our clinicians are also versed in prescriptive skin care, namely, to compound specific percentages of ingredients that are suited to your own skin condition.

Skincare products are best combined with procedures such as lasers & chemical peels to give the best results. For more information, book an appointment with our clinical team in Brisbane, or Sydney.