I HAD melasma - Here's How I Treated It

  • God'scure
  • 7 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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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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