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Treat melasma with prescription skincare

Our dermatology team prescribes active ingredients you won’t find in any melasma treatment on the high street, at the right strength for you. Start seeing results within 12 weeks.

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Get a handle on melasma

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Get a handle on melasma

What is melasma?

Melasma is the most common form of hyperpigmentation (also known as ‘chloasma’ or the ‘pregnancy mask’). When melanin-producing cells are over-stimulated, this can lead to brown or grey patches on the skin. The condition is strongly linked to genetics, UV light and hormones, and usually first occurs between the ages of 30-40.

Results you’ll love - here’s the proof

Evidence-backed active ingredients

Your formula has precisely measured prescription ingredients to slow and reverse visible signs of aging – and suit your skin.

The SmartBase

Great value for you, less impact on the planet

Your personalized formula is blended with our SmartBase, a hydrating, dermatologist-designed cream with hyaluronic acid, essential ceramides and panthenol.

Locks in moisture and softens illustration

Locks in moisture and softens

Nourishes your epidermis on multiple levels illustration

Nourishes your epidermis on multiple levels

Strengthens your skin barrier illustration

Strengthens your skin barrier

Switch to prescription skincare in 3 easy steps

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    Step 01

    Share your treatment goals

    Complete an online consultation and upload selfies.

  2. Designing treatment plan illustration

    Step 02

    Get your personalized formula

    Our dermatology team review your answers and select the perfect combination of active ingredients for you.

  3. Adapting treatment formula illustration

    Step 03

    We adapt with you

    Our experts check in with ongoing support, adjusting your treatment plan as your skin progresses.

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Dermatology, designed for you

Dermatology designed for you
  • A personalized formula, developed by experts

    You’ll get a personalized, evidence-based prescription treatment, tailored to your treatment goals.

  • Delivered to you every 28 days (approx.)

    Your bespoke plan arrives every 28 days (approximately), and adapts to your skin’s progress.

  • 24/7 support

    You’ll have free, unlimited access to dermatology experts, whenever you need.

  • You’re in total control

    You can pause, reschedule or cancel your plan online. No strings attached.

First month $4.99

then $24.99/28 days after

Support your treatment with our routine essentials

Our range of daily essentials were designed by dermatologists to work alongside active ingredients. Fragrance free, gentle and effective for all skin types.

Read what others say, in their own words

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“I love the personalized service & for a great price. I have been really impressed with the product - my skin looks great. It was easy to do the consultation & the retinol cream has been a pleasure to use. It started on a lower % of 0.25 & is now 0.5. Fantastic.”
Sara Caistor
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“Amazing service. Brilliant product that I used to pay hundreds of pounds for and amazing results. Tailored to my own skin problems and I can’t recommend Dermatica enough. Easy to cancel if you’re not happy but I guarantee you will be so pleased with the results you will carry on just as I have 😊😊”
Claire Smith
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“Having tried many products before to help with my skin I can honestly say that I have been very impressed with skin is probably the best it has been in years. Getting the prescription was simple enough and the results speak for themselves. Worth every penny.”
Erin Beale
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“My skin has been the best it's ever been since I was a teenager my pigmentation has significantly cleared and acne has been kept at bay. I will never use anything other than dermatica I am so relieved I found this brand and have recommended to others. I receive compliments on how good my skin looks it's taken years off me.”
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“I am such a fan of Dermatica and their service. Very easy to manage your subscription but as someone with incredibly problematic skin (who last week got complimented by a stranger on it!) I wouldn't be without it. I truly believe prescription skincare offers so much more than all the creams and lotions you can buy OTC.”
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“I’ve been using Tretinoin for almost three months now, and I’m loving it. Great customer service, great results and I’m now up to my maximum dose. I’m definitely seeing some peeling, but nothing that wasn’t explained in the literature you receive with the product. It’s saved me an absolute fortune on skincare, as I used to buy every new product on the market that promised the earth and delivered nothing.”
Sarah Blackley
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“The initial process of having the assessment and getting my personalized prescription was so fast. Shortly after I received my products which I love so much and it has only been 2 weeks. My major skin concern was uneven dull skin tone, enlarged pores and fine lines. My skin is so glowing like it has never been before! It just looks so healthy and feels so soft. I had a few acne marks which are now faded.”
Réka Bódi
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“Dermatica has completely revolutionised my skin care. I am now 63 but my skin has never looked so good or been so healthy. My monthly delivery has become a part of my life now and I will continue for as long as I am able. The service is also second to none. Any questions I've submitted have always been answered promptly and without fuss. I would highly recommend Dermatica to anyone who cares about looking their best for as long as possible.”
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“I have PCOS and have struggled with acne for over 10 years, and have tried what feels like every acne medication available. My skin has never been better than while using my personalized Dermatica prescription, and I'm so happy! The subscription service is also very convenient, so I never have to worry about running out or having to go to the pharmacy for it.”
Bella Duncan
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“Love Dermatica. My skin is bright and the large pores and blackheads on my nose have gone. I've been using it for 6 months with Dermatica controlling the strength of the creams supplied to suit. I must say it has saved me a fortune on buying stuff to try and it not working and I can now use basic cleanser and moisturiser.”
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Dr Lynn Sydor, Consultant Dermatologist
“Melasma can really affect self-confidence. Our personalized formulas work to lighten pigmentation safely and gradually, with visible results as early as 8 weeks”
Dr Lynn Sydor, Consultant Dermatologist
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Melasma FAQs

What else can I do to help with melasma?
There are many underlying factors to melasma, such as hormonal changes from pregnancy or hormone treatment, as well as sun exposure. People with darker skin are also more prone to the condition because their skin contains more melanin. While it might not be possible to avoid normal hormonal fluctuations, it's recommended that you talk to your doctor to check if a hormonal imbalance could be the cause.

Using a Dermatica personalized formula will help reduce the appearance of melasma, but other treatments may be required too. Avoiding direct sunlight and applying sun protection frequently will also help to improve the appearance.
What to expect from treatment
When you first start using a topical prescription treatment, you may notice your skin becoming flaky and slightly swollen. The treatments can also make your skin feel dry and tight as well as give you a burning, itching or stinging sensation. If you experience the above reaction, please do not worry, this is a normal response when starting treatment. To allow your skin to get used to your treatment, we recommend sticking to a simple skincare routine and applying a small amount at first to build up your tolerance. It's also OK to take rest days from treatment in between, before building up gradually to daily use. Applying a small amount of moisturizer to the skin before applying treatment, and after, can also help reduce side effects while still delivering the same great results.

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