The best treatment for discoloration, or melasma or hyperpigmentation, is a combination of therapies. Melasma is a discoloration of the skin often times secondary to hormonal changes, and is sometimes called "pregnancy mask". This type of skin discoloration or hyperpigmentation is deeper and more difficult to treat. Skin discoloration from trauma or inflammation like pimples or inappropriate laser use, is also harder to treat. Both Melasma and inflammatory hyperpigmentation require a combination of: Chemical Peels in office Photofacials Agressive Home skin care regime This combination of therapies is quite effective if the patient is compliant. There simple is no short cut when treating skin discoloration. Skin discoloration or brown spots from the sun, usually respond very well to a PhotoFacial, or Intense Pulsed Light therapy. 2-3 Photofacials, about 6 weeks apart are needed.