While not all cases of melasma will clear up with treatment, there are things you can do to make sure the condition doesn’t get worse and to minimize the appearance of the discoloration. These include:
- using makeup to cover areas of discoloration
- taking prescribed medication
- wearing sunscreen every day with SPF 30
- wearing a wide-brimmed hat that shields or provides shade for your face
Wearing protective clothing is especially important if you’ll be in the sun for an extended period of time.
If you’re self-conscious about your melasma, talk with your healthcare provider about local support groups or counselors. Meeting other people with the condition or talking with someone can make you feel better.