I HAD melasma - Here's How I Treated It

  • God'scure
  • 9 months ago

Ladies, I want to help anyone I can because I know how devastating this can be. I had the most beautiful, flawless skin and always received compliments. Then one summer day ( June 2011), I went to the pool like I always do. When i went to the restroom, I noticed that my upper lip looked really dark, but thought it was the lighting. When my daughter asked why I looked like I had a moustache, I knew there was a problem.

Long story, short, I went to every dermatologist, researched everything I could only to keep hearing I had melasma and stay out of the sun. I was devastated, felt hideous, and sank into a depression. I tried bleaching creams, which worked on everything, except the stache. It got lighter, but it would not go away. I tried every concealer and make-up, which I never wore. Nothing worked.

HERE"S what did work: I did monthly glycolic peels for 6 months...30-50%. I also did two microdermabrasions, stopped the hydroquonine because it was turning it greyish blue. I used diaper cream(zinc 20%) on my upper lip when outside..it's only $4. I washed with organic apple cider/water mix.

By May of 2012, I had my mirena taken out convinced it was a factor(had it for four years). Summer 2012...braved the pool. Wore a titanium dioxide sunscreen and my upper lip started to bubble. After a week, the skin peeled off and the melasma was gone!!!! I don't know how or why, but it was gone! Maybe it was an allergic reaction; I am not sure. The biggest thing that helped was getting that damn mirena out. Yes, it causes melasma. I found a doctor who informed me that her daughter had it from the mirena as well.

My skin now...not perfect, but the stache is gone. I have some blotchiness and some lighter patches from loss of pigment due to hydroquonine. Daily, I still wash with apple cider vinegar/water mix...then aveeno scrub or cetaphyl. I use juice beauty tinted spf...it's all zinc and is awesome. I then use physician's formula bronzing powder. When I swim, I put on solar sense zinc stick on my upperlip. If at the beach, I dab zinka nosecoat flesh tone on melasma prone spots. Hope this helps. PS...when I had the dreaded stache physicians formula(yellow concealer stick) did help a great deal once it started to fade.

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Hi ladies, (sorry for the long story) I wished I did more research before getting Mirena, I had the copper T inserted after giving birth, since it was 10 years it was time to renew, my Dr. couldn't talk enough about Mirena and I thought, no period! great! sold! I didn’t really stop to think about hormones or anything like that because I never took birth control pills so I had no idea. long story short, I lovED my skin, it was great, I could go out without make up and my skin had a nice glow, in 2012 I had Mirena inserted and 6 months after that my skin started to have this very small brown spots on my upper cheeks, however don't let the small size fool you, cause they are very small but a bunch of them, it looks like a big large brown blob :( and one very large spot on my neck.... I thought I was becoming allergic to my face cream, so I switched creams, I was using Lancome, but the spots didn't go away, instead more spots were appearing. I went to the Dermatologist, that was not much help, she told me I had melasma/hyperpigmentation and she will prescribe hydroquinone, but it was a condition very hard to treat. I went to a plastic surgery center, where I got some brightening creams, a clearsonic brush to remove daily dead skin and I wear sunblock religiously however nothing seems to work. Today I was fed up with the situation and decided that I needed to get a laser treatment or something , I started researching for a prestigious skin care Dr. when I read that hormones are related to melasma...... and it was like a ton of brick just fell on my head, how I didn't come to this conclusion before? I was even thinking that it could be my new hairstylist using a different brand of hair color that was changing my skin tone!! but Yes, I have no doubt that is Mirena, it all makes sense, the time when I got it, I am 38 and 2.5 years using Mirena, but I am SURE I am NOT going into my third. I understand now the headaches that I get during my periods, yes I don't bleed, only spotting, but the pressure I feel in my forehead and behind my eyes is awful, also now that I am reading about the mood factor, it totally makes sense. I get so emotional and "looney tunes".... Wow I am just blown away that I didn't think about this before, but I am so glad that I found you and your stories and I don't care if I am bleeding for days, 10 boxes of tampons will have to do, but I can't stand the spots anymore and the way that I feel about them. I am calling my Dr. tomorrow to set an appt. to have it removed. I will keep you updated of my progress.
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I just wanted to update: My melasma has gotten lighter with the removal of mirena. However I'm not completely satisfied yet. So with some research I've found a link to Copper toxicity and melasma. I recently saw an herbals it who confirmed a high level of heavy metal toxicity in my body including Copper. I've started to take supplements to cleanse my body especially liver. I haven't used any more creams, as I've read it could make it darker. I highly recommend researching the Copper, Melasma correlation. Hope to update with good news soon :)
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Thanks ! I'm skeptical regarding the Mirena/Melasma connection as mine started 5 years BEFORE I had my mirena inserted - I'm older now and am dealing with menopausal issues as well so may have my Mirena removed in the next year anyway ! Don't you just love being a woman !
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I had the mirena inserted a year ago. I stopped using Seasonique (estrogen based) about 5 years ago when my melasma started. I specifically chose Mirena because it is not estrogen based and was told by doctors that the progesterone would NOT trigger melasma. I've tried everything and am fanatical about wearing hats and sunscreen but, I hate having to wear heavy foundation all the time. I'm currently trying the Nucelle products as I read many favorable reviews about Mandelic acid. I'm not hopeful that anything is a quick fix - I'm afraid to try any lasers as it could get worse. What does the apple cider vinegar/water wash do? How are you using this in your daily routine? Best
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Organic apple cider diluted with water...(more water than vinegar ) naturally exfoliates skin. It's like a mini superficial peel you can do daily with a cotton ball. Make sure you dilute it or it will burn.
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Any updates? Is melasma fading?
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Hello, I am new to your forum. I am quite sure I have found a long term treatment for melasma. It's a long story, written below, that maybe can inspire you to look at melasma from a different angle. I am not melasme free yet, but I see the first signs of healing, coming from within. Of course not everything I did may be work for you, but I hope it can inspire you to go out of the convention treatment box, too. I have melasma since 6 years and all over my face as a real mask. I can say for sure : stop any form of topical treatment. You are possibly ruining your skin on the long term and it will NEVER help. Melasma comes from within! It s hormonal disbalance, linked with estrogen and adrenal fatigue, also liver may be involved. I went to see a psychologist and I now know what is causing my hormonal disbalance (emotional childhood trauma) Never thought I would have that. But anything can cause hormonal issues. Just want to say that there may be more to it then birthcontrol pills or pregnancy. I had my Mirena removed before, but then my melasma got worse. So I got my Mirena again. As for me, it had nothing to do with it. More : the negative thoughts you have about having these ugly patches, about the impact on your lifestyle, .... keeps it from going away. There is an undeniable link between what you think and how your body reacts to it. In other words: you have to learn not to feel unhappy, angry, ... about it anymore. That's the only way to help recover your adrenal fatigue. Negative thoughts keep up the hormonal inbalance So : meditate, learn mindfulness, ... deal with your stress issues. Also I found a doctor who performed extended bloodanalyses and discovered my hormonal imbalance. I advice you to go the melacore.com for Nancy's story and cure. I am taking her supplements now an slightly the patches are breaking down into freckles. I totally agree with her experience. It s my story too. Last but not least: evaluate your diet and lifestyle. It is of great impact on your hormone balance. I can recommend the site cheeseslave.com for another inspiring melasma cure story. I've done it all : Obagi, chemical peels, every anti-pigment product I could find, laser, ... Results? Yes, for 2 to 4 months. Cured? No. Came back week after I stopped. Got poorer? Yes. It came back? Of course. Why? Because it is treating a symptom and not the cause. Never do laser! It can cause the melasme to get even worse after it initially got better. I had it. Never do hydroquinone! It ruins your skin. If you use it too long it can make melasma really unreversable. (It can become black) It is ALL a waste of money and time. Pharmaceutical business is not interested in finding the real cause and cure. They are getting rich by all those women believing in bleaching creams. So why would they invest in research? (I know cause I worked in that business for 14 years) The biggest cure is within you. I truly believe so. Good supplements and natural (paleo diet) food will help too. So now I am trying to find a meditation routine, analysing my thoughts and feelings to turn them positive. I am telling myself I am beautiful. I am close to accepting it. ( there are some bad days too). I look in the mirror a lot and practice to see a beautiful ME instead of the pigmentation. I have a great sunscreen : Heliocare gel spf 50+, a spanish brand. (Not white but transparant skincolor). On top I use mineral powder with spf 20 (jane iredale or cheaper one from the body shop) The powder reflects the sunlight before it enters the skin and it covers your spots too. I wear a hat with spf50 almost always when outside. I must admit that avoiding the sun has a big negative impact on my quality of life and makes me unhappy. Furthermore I don't use regular cosmetics anymore : packed with hormone disrupting chemicals. I go for natural brands. I only eat natural food, a lot of good fats (coconut oil!!) and avoid as much as possible : sugar. I take vitD, as I lack it from avoiding the sun (get that tested too because it is really important vit to prevent cancer and other diseases) The hardest part, though, is the mind training and believing that you have to heal yourself. So I am trying... I want to share good news : very slowly, a little bit of magic is happening thanks to my internal treatment approach! Since I 've been taking the melacor tablets (6 weeks) AND doing a lot of stress- relief techniques I see a change in my melasma. It seems its overall getting softer in tone, here and there I see small normal skin patches appearing and its seems like there is no underlaying pigment, waiting to come up at the surface. I don't use any topical treatment since months. And I just enjoyed 10 days on a Greek island and it didn't got darker (did use 50+spf, mineral powder and big hat) Want to add this : I am not a "stress chicken" that obviously needs stressreduction. Even the slightest stress (work, relational, even positive stress, old unconsience issues (!), .... can keep melasma going)
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Thank y'all so much for these posts. I feel less crazy. I am now planning to remove the MIrena. Has anyone tried the Paraguard IUD?
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I should have been a little less cryptic -- has anyone used paraguard post Mirena/Melasma? Have you had any melasma side-effects?
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I considered it, but read that copper can contribute to melasma so i was afraid to do that to myself again.
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Thank you for your post! I also suffer from the dreaded "stache". It's awful! I hate going out, I wear kat von d's tattoo makeup. I sometimes go to bed with makeup on because I'm embarrassed to show my husband. The only thing I can think of is my Mirena also. I'm going in today to have it removed. I'm so glad I checked (one last time) to see if anyone else has had this issue. My question is how long did it take for the color to fade? From the time you had the Mirena removed? Has the color come back? Again, thank you so much for the post!
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I am so glad I can help. It took a couple of months to fade and about a year to disappear completely. I also did microdermabrasion and glycolic peels during that time to help. Now I use juice beauty tinted sunscreen daily because it's organic and great. If I go to the beach, I use a zinc stick as well. The stache never returned. I sit by the pool, beach, etc no hat just sunscreen and it never returned. Remember, any hormonal birth control can cause it. I also prayed because I wanted my life back. It worked. I couldn't be happier. Hope this helps.
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I am 31 and I suffer from malasma around my hair line, cheeks and upper lip. My first mirina I had for five years with little malasma. It's been two years with this one and my malasma is out of control. I love the mirina for many reasons. However, I do think that the malasmas leading cause is my mirena. I have not been able to find info that states the malasma will diminish once removed. Please keep me updated because I would defiantly consider if it means clearer skin!
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Update: I had the Mirena removed July 11th. I told my Dr that I've had some slight tingling pain around my pelvic area, almost like my body was trying to "push" it out. After she took it out she said it was lower than it should be. I talked to her again about the melasma and hair loss. She actually admitted that the melasma could be related, but it's unusual and only happens to 1% of women. Well how bout that! A straight answer finally. Anyway it's July 26th, 2 weeks post removal and the melasma is fading even more quickly than I expected! I couldn't be happier! I have also been using a glycolic acid 5%, hydroquinone 2%, Koji acid 2% cream called Control Corrective Multi Complex Fade Gel from my estichian every night. I still have a little discoloration but it's surely almost gone even without makeup. Also I find when I'm not drinking enough water it does get darker. Come this fall I'll be doing another peel. I will try to keep posted on the happenings! Good luck! Hope this helps! And thank you to OG. For starting this topic! Larissa
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Thanks, I am really considering removing it. I have had laser treatments and currently use triluma, fineasa cream, and tinted sunscreen daily. Although these treatment help it has not disappeared. My dermatologists told me it may continue to come back because having the mirena is making my body think I am pregnant causing the mask of pregnancy. It's such a depressing and expensive problem. Thanks so much for this forum!
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It took me awhile to decide to remove the mirena, but I am thankful I did. I am no longer depressed and I have my life back. I wanted to start this forum to help others who were unsure about mirena get real answers. There is hope!
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I was so happy to get mine removed- I feel like it created a whole mess of issues and as soon as it was removed all the issues resolved (I felt like I was always sick and that my immune system wasn't functioning).  My melasma also faded but I never thought about it having anything to do with the Mirena.  But they could be related, I've just never thought about it.  It still shows up with too much sun but between products designed for age spots and trying to wear hats when I'm outside it isn't too bad anymore.

Really interesting observation!
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I have had 3 or 4 rounds of Mirena's and I've reached my peak as of 2011 with my Melasma. I didn't know it was coming from the IUD until recently. I started earlier this year on Laser to my face to lighten and try to get rid of the melasama. It did lighten and decreased, however, still there. Just had my IUD removed on Wednesday 9-3-14. We will see how long it will take for my skin to return to normal or as close to normal as possible. As you, I have become very self-conscious of my face. My face used to be FLAWLESS.
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any updates? Has your melasma started to fade since you had the mirena removed?
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I've been hearing about the "Mirena crash" after removal - did you experience this?
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I was really worried about the Mirena crash myself. I didn't have any of the side affects of removal. And I had 2 of them for a total of 8 years.
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