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Best Sunscreens for Melasma

Updated on July 22, 2013

When it comes to Melasma (a skin condition that results in discoloration or hyperpigmentation of the face) an ounce of prevention is definitely worth a pound of Melasma cure.

One of the features of Melasma is that it is made worse by even the smallest amount of sun exposure. That makes a good sunscreen vital in the treatment of Melasma.

What Makes a Good Sunscreen for Melasma?

A good sunscreen for Melasma will have the following features:

  1. It will protect against both UVA and UVB rays. To avoid the effects of sun exposure, you need protection from both of these.
  2. A moderately high SPF. It's not necessary to have a 100+ SPF but a 15 probably won't cut it. Choose something relatively high and remember to reapply it throughout the day. Frequent applications of a 45 SPF will probably be more effective than a higher SPF applied only once.
  3. A physical blocker like zinc oxide or titanium oxide.

Suggested Sunscreens for Melasma

Keeping the above in mind, here is a suggestion for a sunscreen that will be effective in preventing Melasma.

Fallene Total Block UVA/UVB Complete Full Spectrum Sun Protection

This maker of this sunscreen recommends it for those requiring full sun protection for medical reasons, which makes it a great sunscreen for Melasma.

This sunscreen comes in both tinted and untinted varieties and the tinted variety is described as "covering blemishes, post-laser redness, and uneven tones." Since Melasma sufrerers often are hesitant to go without makeup, this suncreen can provide protection and coverage in one.

There are over 120 reviews of this sunscreen at Amazon (see link above) and the users rate it 4.5 out of 5 stars.


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