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Skin Therapy Lett. 2006 Nov;11(9):1-6.

Topical treatments for melasma and postinflammatory hyperpigmentation.

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  • 1Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada.


Hyperpigmentation disorders of the skin are common and can be the source of significant psychosocial distress for patients. The most common of these disorders are melasma and postinflammatory hyperpigmentation. Sunscreen use and minimizing sun exposure are crucial in all cases. Topical applications are the mainstay of treatment and include phenols, retinoids, corticosteroids, and their combinations.

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