This is probably one thing you haven’t heard of: you can only get rid of melasma if you treat it both internally and externally at the same time.

So, how do you do it?

1. Look for skincare products that contains these 5 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.
What to look for:

Look for a soap that contains maximum-strength and pure kojic acid like this one.

kojic acid soap for melasma

Note: Make sure that you get the real soap. You can get the authentic kojic acid soap direct from the manufacturer here.

It takes about 4-8 weeks of consistent, twice a day results to see a difference. Stay patient, be consistent.

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

Look for dietary supplements that contain these ingredients:

  • 350mg Pure DIM
  • 500mg Glutathione

Pure DIM (Diindolylmethane).

What it is:

  • Balances your hormones (melasma is caused by hormonal imbalance).
  • A compound commonly found in green veggies from Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, etc.
  • Supports healthy estrogen level.
  • Promotes weight loss.
  • Reduces symptoms of PMS (premenstrual syndrome)
  • Improves mood

How it helps get rid of melasma:

A lot of people don’t know this but melasma is caused by hormonal imbalance aka higher estrogen and progesterone levels.

What do hormones have to do with melasma?

According to Axia Women’s Health:

Your body undergoes many changes during pregnancy, including your skin. During pregnancy, you will experience heightened levels of estrogen and progesterone. These hormones are believed to contribute to the skin condition melasma. This common condition affects 50 to 70 percent of pregnant women.

How does DIM fade melasma?

DIM helps balance estrogen.

By regulating estrogen in your body, it will reduce the amount of stimulation on your melanocytes (pigments that cause melasma) and therefore help reduce pigmentation.

What to look for:

Look for a supplement that contains 350 mg pure DIM such as this one:

dim melasma
melasma treatment supplement


What it is:

A very potent tyrosinase (pigment responsible for melanin production) inhibitor.

Here’s a simple explanation from Revitaliv:

Glutathione, for example, is a potent tyrosinase inhibitor, which can reduce melanin production in the skin. When blended with the vitamin A and other ingredients typically used in retinoids, this unique antioxidant can prove highly effective in reducing and masking the appearance of melasma on the skin.

How does Glutathione help with melasma?

It helps decrease melanin (dark spots) formation.

What to look for:

Look for a supplement that contains 500mg of pure glutathione like this one.

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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. This is not a medical advice. Please consult your doctor prior to using any products mentioned in this blog.

56 responses to “How To Get Rid Of Melasma (For Women Over 30)”

  1. Cindy Leader Avatar

    Looking 4 Saftey & Good results THANK U

    1. Marie France Avatar
      Marie France


      1. love gee Avatar
        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 Avatar
        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:

  2. Teresita rebucas Avatar

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

    1. Marie France Avatar
      Marie France

      Hello Ms. Teresita. You can buy it here:

    2. Ruby Ann Talens Avatar
      Ruby Ann Talens

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

      1. Marie France Avatar
        Marie France

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

      2. Ruby Ann Talens Avatar
        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 Avatar
        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:

      4. Jenny Avatar

        Where can i buy in in malysia

      5. Marie France Avatar
        Marie France

        Hi Jenny. Unfortunately, we do not have a distributor there. However, you can buy it here: and we will ship it to you.

  3. evangeline dizon Avatar
    evangeline dizon

    Magkano po ba yan at cod po ba.

    1. Marie France Avatar
      Marie France

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

      1. analiza antonio Avatar
        analiza antonio

        Kasama na po ba un shipping sa Php 2519.55?

      2. Marie France Avatar
        Marie France

        Yes po.

      3. Ailah Lynda L Bernardo Avatar
        Ailah Lynda L Bernardo

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

      4. Marie France Avatar
        Marie France
  4. Anna Reantilli Avatar
    Anna Reantilli

    How much?

    1. Marie France Avatar
      Marie France

      Hi Anna. It’s $55.99.

  5. Elenita saavedra Avatar
    Elenita saavedra

    Can i order d facial kit?

    1. Marie France Avatar
      Marie France

      Hi Ms. Elenita. You can order it here:

  6. chona lacena Avatar
    chona lacena

    Do you ship here in canada?

    1. Marie France Avatar
      Marie France

      Yes, we sure do.

  7. leah gutierrez Avatar

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

    1. Marie France Avatar
      Marie France

      Hi Leah!

      How long have you been using the soap?

  8. Gleny Filgueras Avatar
    Gleny Filgueras

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

    1. Marie France Avatar
      Marie France

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

  9. rebecca locke Avatar
    rebecca locke

    where to buy this product ang how much the whole set

    1. Marie France Avatar
      Marie France

      Hi Rebecca! You can get it here: and the supplement can be also purchased at this site:

  10. elizadarrinjames stoner Avatar
    elizadarrinjames stoner

    What happen if doesn’t work?

    1. Marie France Avatar
      Marie France

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

  11. Daniel Ng Avatar
    Daniel Ng

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

    1. Marie France Avatar
      Marie France

      Hello. It’s $16.97.

  12. Iris Avatar

    How to order through COD

    1. Marie France Avatar
      Marie France

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

  13. preet deol Avatar
    preet deol

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

    1. Marie France Avatar
      Marie France


  14. noemi buenaobra Avatar
    noemi buenaobra

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

    1. Marie France Avatar
      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 Avatar
    Asha S

    Hi does this contain steroids?

    1. Marie France Avatar
      Marie France

      HI Asha! No, it doesn’t.

  16. Mae Ferro Avatar
    Mae Ferro

    How can i order?

  17. Maria Theresa Julian Avatar
    Maria Theresa Julian

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

    1. Marie France Avatar
      Marie France

      HI Maria! You will need to order it here:

  18. Evelyn millendezrepolido Avatar
    Evelyn millendezrepolido

    How to order your product

    1. Marie France Avatar
      Marie France

      Where are you located?

  19. Sobretodo grace Avatar
    Sobretodo grace

    Hw mch po wer cn I buy

    1. Marie France Avatar
      Marie France

      Hi Grace! Where are you located?

  20. Josh Avatar

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

    1. Marie France Avatar
      Marie France

      Hi Josh! We sure have! See reviews here:

      1. Josh Avatar

        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 Avatar
        Marie France

        Hello Josh!

        It’s in the bottom of the page.

  21. Sobretodo grace Avatar
    Sobretodo grace

    Hw to avail wer po location nd hw mch

    1. Marie France Avatar
      Marie France

      HI Grace. You can purchase the products here:

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