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Title: The Management of Melasma on Skin Types V and VI Using Light Emitting Diode Treatment
Authors: Mpofana, N 
Abrahamse, H 
Keywords: Melasma;LED;Darker skin types;Treatment;Skin types V and VI
Issue Date: 2018
Publisher: Mary Ann Liebert, Inc
Source: Mpofana, N. and Abrahamse, H., 2018. The Management of Melasma on Skin Types V and VI Using Light Emitting Diode Treatment. Photomedicine and laser surgery.Vol. 36, No. 10
Journal: Photomedicine and Laser Surgery 
Abstract: Objective: This study investigated light emitting diode (LED) treatment for patients with melasma on darker skin types. Background: Melasma is a common disfiguring skin condition in women which is difficult to treat and is refractory. The cause of melasma remains unclear. Methods: In this study, 60 female participants aged between 25 and 60 years, who presented with melasma, were enrolled (nā€‰=ā€‰39.85). They were purposely assigned to two groups according to their skin types. Both groups received a total of 36 LED light treatments over a period of 9 months. Results: Both subjective and objective results indicated a significant improvement of melasma. Statistical analyses revealed significant improvements in both groups. Conclusions: The results of this study suggest that LED is effective in managing melasma. These results will provide a basis for future therapeutic use of phototherapy to improve melasma.
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