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Treat Acne Scars with Melarase Skin Brightening Complex Melarase AM and Melarase PM

Dark Spots and Acne Scars: Melarase Creams

Acne scars can become discolored leading to uneven skin tone and color.  the Melarase Skin Brightening Complex line of products can help clear discoloration from acne scars.  Melarase AM Daily UV Protect with spf 30 and Melarase PM Night Moisturizer contain skin lighteners that balance skin tone and diminish the appearance of dark acne scars.

The result, more even skin tone and fewer acne spots.  May be used in conjunction with acne and rosacea products.  Read more about Melarase AM and Melarase PM.

Melarase creams can help improve dark spots from acne scars

What is the recovery with IPL: Santa Monica IPL treatment with Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian in Los Angeles

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What is the recovery time with IPL Photofacials? 


IPL photofacials use a broad spectrum light to improve facial discoloration and sun spots on the face. The light energy is similar to laser, but is technically different that a single wavelength laser beam.  In our office in Los Angeles, we typically use IPL photofacials for sun spots, age spots, melasma, sun damage, fine wrinkles, and facial redness.  The IPL photofacials should be used in conjunction with a good sunscreen and topical treatment for skin discoloration.  We recommend the Melaquin Skin Brightening Complex line of products, including Melaquin AM and Melaquin PM. 


There is minimal downtime with the IPL procedure, as patients will return to normal activities after IPL.  Some of the dark spots will become slightly more noticeable and the redness from the treatment usually subsides within a few hours.  We recommend immediate application of a sunscreen, Melaquin AM Daily UV Protect or equivalent, and avoidance of direct sun exposure. 


Schedule a consultation for IPL treatment in Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, and Los Angeles by calling (310) 998-5533. 

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Melarase AM and Melarase PM Skin Lighteners help improve sun spots, age spots, and melasma skin discoloration

Skin pigmentation is common in olive-tone and dark-toned complexions.  Skin pigmentation can become permanent in women of childbearing age, especially after pregnancy or the use of oral contraceptives.  If you have skin discoloration resulting from birth control pills, pregnancy, or acne, you may be a candidate for a topical skin care regimen including Melarase AM Daily UV Protect with SPF 30 and Melarase PM Night Moisturizer.

Treatment of melasma also known as skin discoloration - Santa Monica Plastic Surgery

Treatment of Melasma


Melasma is a common skin condition that occurs in healthy adults females.  Other terms for melasma include chloasma and skin discoloration.  Melasma shows up as bilateral and asymmetric skin discoloration on the face neck and upper extremities. The exact mechanism of melasma formation is unknown.  However, it is thought that family history of melasma may contribute to an increase susceptibility to UV exposure and elevated estrogen and progesterone. 


Melasma was most commonly associated with pregnancy, but with the popularity of birth control pills, oral contraceptive has become the most common contributing factor to the development of melasma.  The patients who have melasma may note a progressive skin discoloration on the upper lip, cheeks, forehead, nose, and neck areas.  The severity of the melasma usually increases seasonally with more sun exposure in the spring and summer times.  Unfortunately melasma does not spontaneously disappear with the avoidance of sun or the cessation of birth control pills.


Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian is a proponent of long term melasma treatment using topical creams.  Our office recommends the Melarase AM Daily UV Protect with SPF 30 and Melarase PM night moisturizer for the control of melasma and skin discoloration of the face.  Melasma topical treatments are used twice daily for the control and reversal of skin discoloration on the face. 


If you have questions about melasma or the Melarase skin brightening complex line of products, please call our office at 310-998-5533 to schedule an appointment.

Is hydroquinone the only option for melasma and dark spots? - Kare Plastic Surgery in Los Angeles

Is Hydroquinone the only option for melasma and dark spots?

Facial discoloration is an ongoing problem for many adult women of childbearing age.  Years ago, facial discoloration associated with pregnancy was the main cause of melasma.  Now with the prevalence of birth control pills, hormonal replacement, and plant based and food based estrogens, the external or exogenous estrogen load has increased the overall incident of melasma and facial skin discoloration.  The Melaquin skin program for skin discoloration and uneven skin tone has been shown to effectively reduce the severity of skin pigmentation, skin discoloration, and dark spots. 

Melarase creams offer advantages as the top skin lightening product for facial discoloration and pigmentation

The use of hydroquinone is very well established and has a high safety record, but for patients who have an allergic reaction to hydroquinone or other sulfa medications, the Melarase AM topical cream was specifically formulated as a non-hydroquinone based skin lightening agent.  Not all patients will need hydroquinone and thus the Melarase AM is suitable for all skin types and can be used in patients who do not wish to use hydroquinone based products.  To purchase Melarase AM or to learn more about the Melarase skin brightening line of product, please visit

In the Los Angeles area, Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian is also pleased to offer the MelaPeel treatment for stubborn post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, skin discoloration, or melasma.  The MelaPeel is an effective minimally-invasive treatment to help improve pigmentation at the cellular level and can be performed on normal to oily skin without harsh side effects or discomfort.  The pigmentation chemical peel is recommended on a one month interval for three consecutive months to reduce pigmentation and skin discoloration.  Treatments require minimal downtime and will often be associated with mild peeling that can mimic a sunburn.  Patients are able to return to work duties the day of the procedure. 

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How can I reduce hyperpigmentation from burn scars?


Hyperpigmentation is caused by metabolically active pigment cells contained within the dermis of the skin.  Burn scars and areas of skin trauma can have altered rates of pigment formation resulting in a darkening of the skin color.  The secondary problem with burn scars is thinning of the dermis, and lack of hair follicles, oil glands, and sweat glands on the skin.  This causes a characteristic texture on the surface of the burn scar which makes it appear more shiny. 

The treatment of hyperpigmented burn scars begins with topical cream with begin to regulate the formation of pigment within the burn scar.  This can be accomplished with the Melarase skin brightening line of creams including Melarase AM, Melarase PM and Melapads.  These three products, in combination, will act to regulate pigment cells and reduce pigmentation associated with burn scars and traumatic scars on the face and body. 

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What are the best whitening creams for dark scars? Melaquin cream for dark spots

What are the best whitening creams for dark scars?


Dark scars are caused by deposition of pigment by melanocytes in the upper layers of the skin.  Epidermal melanocytes can begin to process and mature melanin granules causing a characteristic darkening of the scar.  Melanocytes can become stimulated by trauma, or inflammation.  The Melaquin skin brightening complex line of product, including Melaquin AM, Melaquin PM, and Melapads can help regulate skin tone and even out dark scars on the skin. 

Melaquin works well on the face and body for all types of darkened scars resulting from injury.  Melaquin can also be used for dark acne scars with resulting pigmentation and blotchiness.  Purchase Melaquin products at


What can I do for stubborn brown spots on my face? Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon

What can I do for stubborn brown spots on my face?

Stubborn brown spots, age spots, and melasma can appear on the face and patients with fair complexion or dark complexion.  These stubborn brown spots can be caused by acne, sun exposure, or chronic inflammation and trauma.  Brown spots and solar lentigines can be dramatically improved with a combination of topical protocol and Melapeel that can applied on the skin. 

Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian is the scientist and skin specialist behind the Melapeel treatment and can evaluate your skin on consultation to determine whether you are an appropriate candidate for the Melapeel procedure.  Melapeel is an outpatient chemical peel that is applied on the skin to reduce the appearance of brown spots and skin discoloration resulting from inflammation, trauma, and melasma.  In the Los Angeles area, Dr. Karamanoukian can provide you with a personal skin evaluation and determine whether you are an appropriate candidate for topical skin lightening agents coupled with a Melapeel skin lightening chemical peel. 

Topical treatment must always be included in an effective chemical peel regimen. Recommendations include the Kareskin Brightening Regimen that includes Melaclenz, Melarase AM, Melarase PM, Replenish, and Melapads. The topical regimen acts to support skin pigmentation control and prevent recurrence.

Dr. Karamanoukian performs his procedures and conduct consultations in Santa Monica and the Los Angeles area.  If you have questions about the Melapeel or ways in which to reduce brown spots on the skin, please call our plastic surgery patient care coordinator at 310-998-5533.

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