Lip melasma

  • trish4
  • 1 month ago

Hi all, I have had melisma on my upper lip & between my brows for about three years now. I'm 44, non smoker, and I avoid the sun. I think my melasma was caused by waxing. I also took accutane for two years (for acne on my back, not my face). The accurate cleared my back, but destroyed my hair (warning to all). I never waxed while on accutane. I have not waxed since I discovered to melasma. I am seeking treatments, but I'm terrified they'll make it worse! Some days it's so obvious, and others it's not. I am currently using hydroquonine (sp?) and see no results. I'm not sure what to try next. I haven't been to the dermatologist yet as I know treatment won't be covered by insurance and us incredibly pricy. I don't trust any of the over-the-counter treatments because I've tried so many and wasted so much money already. What can I expect to pay at a derm & is it worth it? Anyone have their melasma get worse from treatments?

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I had a Dual Fraxel Laser treatment done aprox. 1 year ago. It was costly (about $1,400), but my new skin was amazing. I suffered from mild melasma on my cheeks, forehead, above eyebrows. The treatment itself was mildly uncomfortable, but not unbearable. My face was red, then turned brown and flaked off over the course of 5 days. I wear sunscreen everyday and avoid my face getting in the sun as much as possible. It has been about a year since I had the treatment done & some spots are returning. Frustrating to say the least. I am not sure if I would do a 2nd treatment, not only because of the cost but also because I am afraid I will irritate my skin and possibly make it worse. Hope that was helpful.
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Thank you! Very helpful, but discouraging. I have sensitive skin too & I'm terrified of making it worse by using treatments. It's so frustrating.
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