Efficacy of microneedling with topical vitamin C in the treatment of melasma. - GreenMedInfo Summary
Efficacy of microneedling with topical vitamin C in the treatment of melasma.
J Cosmet Dermatol. 2019 Feb 15. Epub 2019 Feb 15. PMID: 30770637
Esraa Salah Ali Ismail
BACKGROUND: Despite the wide therapeutic options available for the treatment of melasma, including many active topical medications, technologies with lights and peelings, clinical control of this disorder is extremely challenging.
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the effect of microneedling with topical vitamin C in the treatment of melasma.
METHODS: Thirty female patients with melasma received six sessions of microneedling with addition of topical vitamin C every two weeks. At each session, photos were taken and Melasma Area and Severity Index (MASI) score was calculated to assess the clinical improvement.
RESULTS: Mean age of the eligible patients was 33.2 ± 5.77 years. About 50% of cases were of Fitzpatrick skin type III. All patients showed improvement at the end of the sessions. Mean MASI score in the first session was 8.61 ± 4.45 and there was a gradual decline in its value till it reached a mean of 5.75 ± 4.16 in the last session (P < 0.0001).
CONCLUSION: Microneedling with topical vitamin C is an effective and safe treatment option for epidermal melasma especially in Fitzpatrick skin phototypes I-III.