What are you doing to treat Melasma?

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  • 7 years ago

Hi I am 25 and try to take care of my skin as best as I can. About 6-8 months ago I noticed that I had developed a darker brownish skin pigmentation above my upper lip on my otherwise fair skin.  I was told by an estitician that considering the fact that I applied sunscreen daily the culprit might be my birth control pills.I was wondering if anyone has had a similar melasma problem what has been the most effective/ least expensive treatment? The info is MUCH appreciated! Thank you so much.

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Mine is blue!
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Hi, so far my experience on the paste I have seen a difference in these last couple days. Yesterday my skin started to peel in the area I had applied it (dark moustashe) the dark skin peeled off not all but at least 90% of it. I can tell the new skin under is pink obviously and there's a few areas that have scabbed over. Not sure now if that new skin is malasma free but I'm hoping. The area is pretty sensitive n not pretty looking but in a few more days I hope that it will have all flaked away. Iam not using the full paste at night now as I found my skin got so dry n cracked. But I guess it had to so the skin under can come off. I did also try just the nizoral just a tiniest bit n a tiny bit of water n gently rubbed it in left it for 15 mins n rinsed with warm water after that I applied my peroxide just again the tiniest bit on a cotton ball let it dry. Then it seemed to flake off a bit more. I can't tell now whether or not it's completely gone but it is lighter, hopefully I can tell in a couple more days if so. Then later on I can put it on these other malasma spots on my cheeks if this is the answer. So far it's the only thing I've seen any results in peeling n lightening dark areas. If that's what suppose to happen lol. Good luck ladies!
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Sounds great for you that it's working! I've not had any peeling or cracking but mine is definitely lightening, I'm only applying to my forehead though where the skin is a bit tougher! X
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Yay! Sooo glad to hear that! Mine peeled a bit too but not to the extent the retinol-a. Peeling is good to a certain extent! Tweak it as u see fit tho. Just keep at it :) Thank you so much for sharing your success btw! You so made my day! Congrats btw :)
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You'll start to see more soon. Mine lightened gradually at first and then all of a sudden I noticed it dramatically lifting! The important part is that its lightening it so stick with it! Thank you for your agreement on post to the hydrogen peroxide nazi btw! Appreciated that! That person has no idea what we're doing to ourselves to get rid of this! Wish u well! If u get in a plateau, make sure your hormones are ok (cuz of they're not, it'll come back). Keep us posted!
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Thanks also for the great tips here Katgirlla I'm so glad I came across your post for malasma. I'm still working at it, it's definitely lighter and smoothed out. I'm figuring out that it's something with the nizoral shampoo it helps. And I do agree with the point of checking hormones too so it doesn't come back so I'm getting mine n check to :). I haven't tried the retinol-a is that a lotion?
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That's good to hear Faye! I'm so happy yours is starting to lighten as well. glad I came across these posts. Everyone has shared such helpful information. Thanks n good luck to you:)
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I've had no peeling, Mary what's your consistency like? Wondering if I need to add more of one of the ingredients into my mix to help lift the area more ...... Xx
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I've mentioned before that hydrogen peroxide may cause premature skin aging. I wish everyone the best of luck in using it for treating melasma, but the bleaching effect is not likely to be permanent (see link) and peroxide is not a good thing to use long-term on one's skin. There is a lot of info online about free radical damage from peroxide use, however I find little medical research on the topic. Just keep in mind to use at your own risk and that the potential for long-term damage exists and may no be worth the short-term fix of lightening. healthtap. com / topics / does-hydrogen-peroxide-damage-skin
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Sorry for the funky link. Just add the www at the beginning and you should be able to bring it up. But more importantly, do your own research!
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Everything we use for melasma has long term risks! This is the mildest of all of them. Maybe you should research our options lol! Please bring your links to creams you're selling elsewhere please. We're looking for real solutions
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Completely agree with Katgirlla ..... It's the least harmful thing I've tried yet!!! X
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First of all, I'm definitely not selling, promoting or otherwise pushing products. For years I spent many, many hours reading through numerous online skincare forums, dermatology sites, (EDS, Can a leopard change her spots, etal). Especially once summer hits. Which is when all of these forums get a surge of new readers. I've also tried numerous home remedies, including Nizoral, which for those who don't understand what that is- it's an anti-fungal shampoo that some have found to help what they think is melasma on their face. However, in reality if an anti-fungal rids you of the pigmentation, then you probably have a fungal issue like tinea versicolor. Though Azaleic acid has helped some, I've never found a product or natural remedy that actually works long-term without side effects. Second, I've been posting in this thread for years, sometimes anonymously sometimes not, depending on if I could find my password. I have stated several times my belief that, at least for, some people, there is a link between yeast infections, diet and melasma. In my case a chronic yeast problem was greatly improved by removal of wheat from my diet. And significantly reducing sugar and alcohol as well. When I increase consumption of any of these, the yeast comes back and the melasma worsens. Dietary changes have made the melasma much less noticeable, along with always wearing a high spf physical sunblock (chemical sunblock does not seem to help). I even wear it on rainy days. That said, katgirlia, you taking my warning personally and accusing me of trying to sell stuff because I'm warning others to be cautious about your "remedy", does not reflect well on you. You're touting your homemade cure despite having absolutely no idea of the long-term effects it may have. While everyone one here has the right to take whatever risks they like with their bodies, it is irresponsible and unconscionable to defend your concoction as safe when you lack even personal experience to back up such a claim. And finally, do you really think that if something as simple as hydrogen peroxide mixed with a couple other likely inert ingredients could fix melasma, the many, many other women searching all over for an answer wouldn't have discovered this by now? Here's an experiement: I would suggest trying the peroxide alone. One will find that peroxide, being a lightening agent, will lighten the skin without the use of other ingredients. In fact, if you put it on tan skin, it will leave white spots wherever it's applied. As for the "bubbling" effect- the hydrogen peroxide is bubbling in reaction to the baking soda. This is simple chemistry!! If people want to try your mixture, that's up to them. But I still caution people to RESEARCH these things before slapping it on their face with nothing but the short-term goal in mind.
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And if you had bothered to look at the link, you'd see it's a medical question and answer site regarding the use of hydrogen peroxide on the skin. But I see you'd rather make ignorant and accusatory statements then bother to read something that could contradict your beliefs. That's a dangerous mindset to have.
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I wanted to add that listerine contains methyl salicylate aka salicylic acid. This is a beta hydroxy acid often used in acne products to exfoliate the skin. It also makes the skin more sensitive to the sun. So using this on your face without sufficient sun protection will make your skin MORE likely to get sun damage and worsened melasma. This is ingredient is also the likely reason for the peeling skin.
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Hi Herama I know your response there is directed at katgirlla, my comment above was just to say that I really do think this is the mildest thing I've tried. Some (like my mum!) might think I'm mad to copy a strangers home made receipe from the internet but after suffering for so many years and having nothing else change the tone of my melasma I'm desperate and this actually appears to be working. I totally understand what you're trying to do here and trying to warn people and I appreciate that but from my personal point of view my doctor and dermatologist have given me much stronger stuff that hasn't worked. As a victim of melasma I do not put my face in the sun at all. I wear a total block sunscreen and an SPF 30 make up too. I also go as far as to wear a clip on fringe (bangs) to make sure my forehead does not see the sun! The hydrogen peroxide I'm using is very low, 3% and is completely safe to be used on the skin, I've double checked this myself and did my research. Faye x
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has anyone tried using apple cider vinegar (ACV)? I am reading online that it works....
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yes. I've tried it. It did nothing for my melasma. It is another exfoliant. The acetic acid removes the top layer of the skin. However, it has worked amazingly well to remove some moles I had. I've been using it this past week to remove a mole on my stomach and it's just about ready to fall off.
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FYI- ACV may work if the pigmentation problem one has is fungal. I suggest people google "TINEA VERSICOLOR" as it can be mistaken for melasma due to a similar appearance. If you have tinea versicolor, things like Nizoral or other anti-fungal topicals may be all you need to get rid of it. I certainly had hoped for that, but unfortunately that was not my issue.
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thank you herama. maybe i will try it on a mole, too. :)
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Baking soda, nizoral and listerine rid the skin of yeast/fungus. Funny you mention that because u just contradicted yourself with that one. I've researched this for over a decade! If u have too then you also know that baking soda is one of the few that u can use that yeast/fungus doesn't grow immune too (which is why i decided to include it). Listerine is powerful enough to cure toenail fungus through nails and nizoral is just the bomb tbh). Get your hormones in check first though or nothing will help you. But u should know that too with all this research u did lol. But please don't knock what is working for us because u have your own cynical beliefs about freaking hydrogen peroxide. Have u read up on retinol-a alone? Just try it and you'll understand for yourself. We're all researching here. Otherwise we wouldn't be here in the first place. Just try it (may not be successful without the peroxide bit whatever floats your boat). Im only on here to share my success and help others as best I can.
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Then my suggestion to you is not to try it lol. Problem solved
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I have tried ACV for my melasma and it did nothing. I did use it on a wart that my son had. We had been to the dermatologist at least 3 times and had it frozen off but it always came back. It took about 2 weeks with the ACV, it flaked off and never returned :)
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I know this isn't an ACV / mole/ wart thread, but isn't it amazing? The first time I tried it was just to see if it worked. I couldn't believe when the mole dried up and started to peel off! I'm now trying it on a sun (age? liver?) spot on my arm to see it works on those, too. I scratched the surface of the pigmented area and applied. I just wish I could figure out a way to put vaseline on the surrounding area in a way that won't make a bandaid not stick. :P
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has anyone tried urine therapy? i am reading that works, too. i added ACV to my baking soda/nizoral/listerine/hydrogen peroxide mask - also, i am moisturizing with josie maran argon oil and aveeno intensive body cream and sunscreen with zinc (physical block). i am definitely seeing lightening and evening of my skin color and tone.
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