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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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Hello Realself & its comunity. I am a 36 year old woman who has suffered from melasma since pregnacy of my first child. (Enough about me) For many years I have tried every cream including britning/whitening creams, pigmentation creams and had little to no success. I did however find MSM really helpful and I still take to this day. It basically is brilliant for skin, nails and hair and helps skin naturally develop and fade melasma. I found out about it from Melasma Relief. I recommend this to everyone who has the "melasma mustache" or melasma on there face. I just wish doctors knew more about this and prescribed it to patients. Feel free to contact me for more info through the forum
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I have been following this thread for years, and have occasionally posted on my personal experiences. From all the reading I've done on melasma, mostly anecdotal experiences, but also some medical research papers and medical opinions, it seems that treating melasma superficially, i.e. via topicals and lasers, is not going to be a permanent solution for the majority of people. There seems to be different types of melasma- sometimes it's merely sun damage that may be removed with superficial treatments, but most of the time the melasma is merely a symptom of a systemic issue, the appearance of which may be triggered or worsened by UV exposure. My personal experience has been that, while much worse in the summer, despite using copious amounts of physical sunblock, a noticeable darkening of the pigmentation has frequently occurred: before my period starts(PMS), the day after drinking alcohol, during times that I have a noticeable worsening/increase of yeast infection. Much of the research around melasma focuses on the correlation between it and the use of birth control/pregnancy/hormones. It seems like many people with melasma get it during pregnancy or after starting BC. However, I have never been pregnant and have not used birth control pills in almost 30 years. I HAVE had chronic yeast infections and what seemed like a recurring bladder infection but was diagnosed as Interstitial Cystitis. I also have a major sugar addiction, to the point that, despite being very physically active and quite thin, my doctor has told me I need to stop eating sugar. And the more sugar I eat, the worse the yeast infection gets... At some point I started taking a high quality probiotic for the yeast. I found that not only did it help with the yeast, but it also helped my acid reflux to the point of no longer needing a prescription GERD medication. What I didn't expect was that the melasma improved as did the bladder irritation. I have since found that when I give up sugar, don't drink alcohol (sugar!), and don't eat wheat (which really, really sucks), not only does the yeast problem substantially improve, so does the melasma. I don't know if the yeast is causing the melasma, or if the melasma, yeast, and ICS (interstitial cystitis) are all symptoms of something else that is worsened by consuming sugar. But I know that when I cut out sugar (which I often fail at), eat better, and continue with my probiotics, the melasma and yeast are both much, much better. I've yet to be successful at permanently giving up sugar, wheat or alcohol, but I no longer have any of those on a daily basis. When my consumption of any increases, I get an immediate worsening of the yeast infection. That's usually enough to make be back off the consumption. My melasma has been significantly better for the past few years, and I believe it's due to the change in diet/probiotic. I still do get melasma. And it does darken in the sunny months. But it's not nearly as noticeable as it once was. I don't think I had the "leopard" face last summer. If I did, I don't recall, so I'm guessing I did not. I wish everyone luck in their search for solution, but really encourage all to look at their diet/ internal health as much as they do the topical remedies, as chances are good that a topical will be a temporary solution that may actually worsen the problem in the long term.
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I am treating my melasma with GSE and ACV.
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What is that?
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Grapefruit seed extract and Apple cider vinegar. 10 drops of gse everyday and acv (mix half with water) twice/day. With patience, my melasma is fading.
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Hi, Pls tell me this is true? I am also a sufferer of melasma and am trying everything. Obagi, Hydroquinine( not anymore bc I am planning on getting pregnant) so I also need to find a cream that I can use safely while pregnant. Ple tell me that Reverse does work?
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Contact Dr. Stephen Schlesinger in Honolulu HI. In 2009 when my Melasma developed I used Triluma ($200) and while it faded the spots, the Melasma returned despite religious applications of sunscreen protection. Since my 2009 experience I have used creams, peels, and most products advertised to fade dark spots. In January 2015, I read about Dr. Schlesinger's cream on this web site and had to try it. It worked. Within 3-weeks I had no traces of Melasma. This cream is an effective and affordable solution.
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I read this and you know the cream has hydroquione which is banned on all other countries, because it causes cancer. I feel cursed with this dark patch on my upper lip. but after I got 3 Fraxel treatments at a Dermatologist office, besides being expensive and painful, I was left with dark spots on my cheeks and my nose, which I did not have!!!! I do not like to go out to stores or gatherings. God Help me...
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Good day, I was so frustrated and had avoided products with hydroquinone and was aware of the ban. I used Dr. Schlesinger's cream for approximately 3-weeks and my skin have no signs of Melasma. I am wearing sunscreen daily and limit my exposure to the sun. For me the short period of time I used the cream was worth it and pray cancer is not a part of my destiny. Thank you for your post and send me a private message if you would like more information. I support your journey to clear skin.
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Pardon my typo: I used Dr. Schlesinger's cream for approximately 3-weeks and my skin HAS no sign of Melasma.
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Thank you for your kind reply and the information contained about the low percentage of hydroquinone in the product. Dr. Schlesinger's cream works and is an affordable solution.
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I'm glad that works for you! I'm just happy for anyone that finds something that clears their melasma!
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when I was teen age I saw I have uper lip hair after waxing and shaving I got avery dark spot in my uper lip it mke me look bad plz tell me how can I remove it if suggested me any product can I found it over counter.
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I’m in agreement with the above post about using natural remedies to treat melasma as a close relative of mine developed melasma/hyperpigmentation at puberty and lemon juice certainly helped to fade it. BUT at first it did keep coming back. We learned that lemon juice can make the skin over sensitive to sunlight and sunlight is a no-no if you have melasma patches on your skin. Things improved for the longer term once sunscreen was used daily so even if you don’t burn easily, and/or have dark skin, you still have to keep yourself out of the sun. Try searching How to stop faded skin becoming darker again - or similar search terms to find out about other natural remedies like pure raw honey and turmeric and for tips on how to keep out of the sun and how this is SO important in preventing melasma coming back. Getting her melasma under control is the next best thing to a cure and has gone a long way in raising my relative's confidence. Of course different things work for different people but it's worth looking into natural remedies and preventing sun damage if what you are currently doing is working well.
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I am currently using 3 prescription creams that seem to be doing the trick. A woman who I met at work and noticed the dark blotches on my face said she had the same problem 4 months ago. Seeing how clear and clean her skin looks now I thought she was exaggerating until she pulled out a picture of herself from July. Sure enough she was covered in dark blotches just like me. Forehead, cheeks, and dreaded upper lip. She said she used equal parts ( small dabs) of 4% hydroquinone, 0.025 tretinoin and 0.1%. She mixed equal parts on her palm and mixed them together before applying. I am now doing the same and in one month not only are the blotched fading, they are also breaking up and disappearing. You can see my original skin color where the darkness used to be.
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Hi What is the 0.1% that you used . You said that you were using 3 prescription
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Sorry about that the missing cream is Mometasone. Many of the more expensive treatments like Triluma use these exact ingredients. I prefer getting prescriptions and mixing them myself because it's the polite ingredients nothing else. Much more cost effective too
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**pure not polite
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Do you have pictures I also suffer from melasma
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i am 24 and i am affected by melasma and taking treatment. the medicine i use are a ret-hc, cuvia, e-rose, elcyderm tablet x-mark soap. how many days it ll take to clear..

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