What is the best melasma treatment for women over 30?

1. Look for skincare products that contains these five ingredients. 

  • Kojic Acid
  • Alpha Arbutin
  • Niacinamide
  • Vitamin C
  • Glycolic Acid

What it does and how it works:

Kojic Acid 

  • One of the most effective (and possibly the strongest) treatments for melasma. It is a very powerful bleaching agent that’s used to help lighten dark patches on the face.
  • It brings back the skin to its normal color and tone.
  • The use of kojic acid as an alternative melasma treatment has risen to popularity in the past few years because of its effectiveness.
  • Kojic acid stops the formation of discoloration by attacking the root cause of the pigmentation and prevents further formation of melanin (dark pigments).
  • In a study that was conducted on 40 women suffering from melasma in China, researchers found that women who took glycolic acid mixed with kojic acid significantly improved the appearance of melasma.*
  • Few women reported mild skin irritation. It is, however, important that you do a patch test before using using kojic acid.
  • A Baumann study found that 2% kojic acid mixed with glycolic acid was more effective than 10% glycolic acid or 4% hydroquinone.

Alpha Arbutin

  • Derived from the Bearberry tree, is a powerful lightening agent that helps even out the skin tone and as powerful as hydroquinone.
  • Gentle on the skin and has lesser side effects.
  • This is a good melasma treatment for women who have sensitive skin.


  • Popularly known as Vitamin B3 is a natural ingredient that has been shown to be a very effective melasma treatment and other skin pigmentation problems.
  • Most gentle yet effective.
  • Studies recommend the use of Niacinamide as it not only reduces pigmentation but also but also minimizes the appearance of wrinkles.

Glycolic acid

  • Usage of this ingredient as treatment for melasma has expanded dramatically over the past few years.
  • Glycolic acid is a peeling acid that is included as an ingredient in most derma products.
  • It effectively peels off the darkened skin, leaving a new layer of skin underneath.
  • It is mostly recommended for patients with darker skin since it is milder than trichloroacetic acid (TCA).
  • Regular use of ingredients that contain this active will help remove hyperpigmentation.

Vitamin C

  • There is a growing body of evidence that indicates that Vitamin C helps lighten the appearance of melasma.
  • Has been used in skin care products for many years.
  • It serves as an antioxidant but is also an essential constituent for building collagen in the skin.
  • Is a skin lightener and prevents the pigment cells from re-darkening the skin.
  • There’s a study confirmed that Vitamin C has a 62.5% success rate in treating melasma and less than 1% possibility of developing side effects.

Important information: Note that these actives are extremely effective, however, avoid using a cream or serum that contains all of these ingredients together. The reason behind this is some of these ingredients do not work together. For example, glycolic acid cannot be mixed with niacinamide. This would cause skin redness and irritation on your skin. However, niacinamide mixed with alpha arbutin will work wonders for you. What you need to do is to use separate products that contains these actives like this one.

2. Take supplements that contain Vitamin C with Bioflavonoids.

What it is and how it will help you:

  • Bioflavonoids are water-soluble pigments that are found in fruits such as oranges and lemons.
  • While Vitamin C is a powerful melasma treatment, combining Bioflavonoids with it makes it become even more potent.
  • Several case studies have proven that bioflavonoids enhance the absorption of Vitamin C.
  • They also contain antioxidant qualities that attack and destroy skin-damaging radicals that may be present in the body.

3. Stay away from heat and direct sunlight.

This one is the hardest to do but here’s why you need to do it:

  • Dermatologists agree that melasma usually occurs in areas of the skin that are exposed to direct sunlight.
  • Staying under the sun makes melasma worse and would be harder to remove it the longer you stay under the sun.
  • If you’re pregnant, your estrogen levels rise and this puts you at an increased risk of getting melasma from the sun.
  • Melasma can occur quite suddenly if you spend to much time in a hot area.
  • A single day’s exposure to sunlight and heat could be all it takes for melasma to start developing again or make it worse.

*=Disclaimer: Results may vary based on skin type, usage consistency and other conditions.


  1. Cindy Leader

    Looking 4 Saftey & Good results THANK U

    1. Marie France


      1. love gee

        I do have a melasma problem, it started several years ago after giving birth to my 3rd child, i’ve tried using different products bought over the counter from stores and drugstores, however it just get worst, how much does your melasma tretment cost and where is the nearest marie france branch as i live in marikina city

      2. Marie France


        We only sell the products through our own website. By the way, how much sun/heat exposure do you normally get?

        The products can be purchased here: http://store.mariefranceinternational.com/marie-france-s/1848.htm

  2. Teresita rebucas

    How/ where can we find or buy your product? Marie frnce

    1. Ruby Ann Talens

      How much per set of your kit? Where is it available?

      1. Marie France

        Hi Ruby. The kit is is $55.99 and we ship worldwide.

      2. Ruby Ann Talens

        Would it be alright with you if could send me the picture of the products. How many pieces per set. Is there a procedure on the product should be used. How long it will take to see the effect.


        Ruby Ann

      3. Marie France

        Hi Ruby Ann. The products contain 3 pieces – soap, toner and creme. You should first wash your face with the soap, use the toner in an upward motion and then the creme. Here’s the picture:http://store.mariefranceinternational.com/product-p/facialwhiteningkit.htm

      4. Jenny

        Where can i buy in in malysia

      5. Marie France

        Hi Jenny. Unfortunately, we do not have a distributor there. However, you can buy it here: http://store.mariefranceinternational.com/product-p/facialwhiteningkit.htm and we will ship it to you.

  3. evangeline dizon

    Magkano po ba yan at cod po ba.

    1. Marie France

      HI Evangeline. It’s $55.99 or P2519.55. Yes, we can do COD.

      1. analiza antonio

        Kasama na po ba un shipping sa Php 2519.55?

      2. Marie France

        Yes po.

      3. Ailah Lynda L Bernardo

        Hi mam,,how can i order your product?is it cod?pls reply thanks

  4. Anna Reantilli

    How much?

    1. Marie France

      Hi Anna. It’s $55.99.

  5. Elenita saavedra

    Can i order d facial kit?

  6. chona lacena

    Do you ship here in canada?

    1. Marie France

      Yes, we sure do.

  7. leah gutierrez

    Hi ,I’m already a user of cojec acid, how can remove d darkspot

    1. Marie France

      Hi Leah!

      How long have you been using the soap?

  8. Gleny Filgueras

    How much the kit?is your product available here in Abu Dhabi or no bcoz i want to buy

    1. Marie France

      Hello. The kit is $55.99 and we can deliver to Abu DHabi.

  9. rebecca locke

    where to buy this product ang how much the whole set

  10. elizadarrinjames stoner

    What happen if doesn’t work?

    1. Marie France

      Hello. Please return it if it didn’t work for you.

  11. Daniel Ng

    I understand that the Facial Kit is USD55.99.
    How much is the shipping charges to Malaysia.

    1. Marie France

      Hello. It’s $16.97.

  12. Iris

    How to order through COD

    1. Marie France

      Hello. We currently do not offer COD to the Philippines.

  13. preet deol

    whts its price in indian rupees…………..and when i take from….????

    1. Marie France


  14. noemi buenaobra

    What is the price here in Philippines and do you have nearest branch here,Dumaguete City,Negros Oriental.

    1. Marie France

      Hello. It’s P2655, however, we do not have a branch there. We do deliver for free to the Philippines.

  15. Asha S

    Hi does this contain steroids?

    1. Marie France

      HI Asha! No, it doesn’t.

  16. Mae Ferro

    How can i order?

  17. Maria Theresa Julian

    Please send me one set for melasma…..at 5 sahara st., better living subdivision, brgy don bosco, paranaque city…COD

  18. Evelyn millendezrepolido

    How to order your product

    1. Marie France

      Where are you located?

  19. Sobretodo grace

    Hw mch po wer cn I buy

    1. Marie France

      Hi Grace! Where are you located?

  20. Josh

    Have you received any positive reviews and or results from anyone with melasma who had used this?

      1. Josh

        Thanks for responding; however, I don’t see any reviews when I click on that link. Just the page to order the product.

      2. Marie France

        Hello Josh!

        It’s in the bottom of the page.

  21. Sobretodo grace

    Hw to avail wer po location nd hw mch

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