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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i thought i would give an update, too - since Faye, has. :) i am pleased with the results so far with Katgirlla's mixture. my melasma has faded a lot and is receding at the edges, also the solid spots are starting to break up a little and it looks like my skin is more freckled than melasma'd on my cheeks and chin. that is a big improvement. i think the best result for me so far is to know that i am not alone in this and to appreciate my skin because it actually is very beautiful, even though it is colored unevenly in places. i'm not scared or embarrassed by it anymore and i am kinder to people that have large birthmarks or issues with their skin because i understand that beauty is much more than just skin-deep. i feel proactive, like i am doing something to help myself with this recipe and in this forum and it is working to lighten the discoloration on my face and increase my self-esteem. i also realized in this journey that i want perfection, absolutely perfect porcelain skin so i know i have to work on lowering my standards there a little. hehe but isn't that wonderful, that i think porcelain skin is achievable with melasma because this protocol is working so well? i will keep doing this recipe for 30 days. if it doesn't work i am going to try the urine therapy, i think, so i hope it works so i don't have to guinea pig myself in that manner. thank you to all that have helped thru these past 15 days. i really appreciate it!
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So glad to hear that kataliya!!! Yay! Thank you for letting us all know too. It's so working for me and hearing others having the same success helps so many others try this before resorting to the harsh remedies (that have ruined my skin over the years - im way older than u and have been fighting this for so long that i just want to help others not get to my level). So thank u for the update - for all us fighting this!!! So glad to see u getting relief :)
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Hi Gang. Just a quick update on mine, I've now been following Katgirlla's nizoral/listerine/baking soda mix + dabbing hydrogen peroxide for 19 days. I also occasionally just apply the hydrogen peroxide alone. I'm a stay at home mum/mom so it's easy for me to slap it on in the day without my 6 month old daughter caring! So far I'm happy to report that I'm very pleased, my forehead as you can see from my pro pic was a dark mess, I would always say it looked like a map of the world. I have a huge chunky dark bit the shape of Africa! Well, it's now much lighter and the edges of the melasma appear to be receeding. I'm pretty hopeful that if I keep going it will clear even more. I have a large chicken pox scar on my forehead and the melasma used to go right up to where the scar is, now it has edged back at least half a cm, I'm so pleased! Anyone with melasma should really percevere and give this a shot! Faye x
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I'm SO glad its helping you!!!! Thank u so much for letting us all know btw! U not only made my day but you're helping so many people have hope at a simple/less harmful solution! I added a photo to show what it looks like when it starts breaking up btw. Its better than this now (was ten days ago) but I never go without makeup except at night (too embarrassed) to take a new one. I'll try to do better with that so ya'll are updated as well. Please note: Mine was WAY worse than yours to the level of dark mole color btw (darker than my hair) and it used to be a solid dark spot covering the entire side of my face (the IPL lasers is what way worsened it to that level so please stay away from them, ladies). So glad you're posting your progress! So glad its helping all of u too!
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Hydrogen peroxide alone is working for me. I'm on my second week. Wear physical sunscreen everyday and wear a hat when in the sun. TrI Luma (hydroquinone) did nothing but irritate my skin. Retinoid A irritated my skin raw. MELANAGE PEEL $750. from a dermatologist in west hills California made me brake out horribly with cystic acne and after all the peeling, not working for a week, the acne... the melasma was still just as dark!! IPL and genesis laser did nothing but cost me time and money. I ve had melasma for years. I'm guessing because of the sun because my las pregnancy was 14 years ago and don't take birth control. HYDROGEN PEROXIDE EVERY NIGHT AFTER I WASH MY FACE WITH CETAPHIL SE ES TO BE DOING THE TRICK FOR ME. I don't know who originally post it this remedy, but whoever did thank you.
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Hi there Really happy to hear yours is working! We've got katgirlla to thank for the original receipe and nod to hydrogen peroxide! Really interesting to hear that you use Cetaphil along side what you're doing as I'm exactly the same, it's my all time favourite product, wouldn't be without it! I've been combing doing the nizoral/listerine/baking soda mix along side some nights just doing the hydrogen as you are. I'm definitely seeing results and will be continuing for as long as it takes! X
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You're very welcome! I know what its like to fight this and how frustrating it is for nothing to work despite all our best efforts. IPL worsened mine (significantly to the point of dark mole color) so I'm glad u stopped doing those! Also warms my heart that any part of this is helping you! I'm so glad u posted this!
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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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Mine dried and peeled at times too but it wasnt bad to the laser treatment level. Try adding coconut oil if it bothers u. Its also an anti-fungal/yeast and great for your skin. I tried it alone and it did nothing for the melasma but if u get uncomfortable with the peeling effect, thats what I would do :)
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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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