Do I Have Melasma?
- Asked by Eva S in Seattle, WA
- 4 years ago
I am a South Asian female in my 50's - I have a lot of dark patches (hormonal deposits and sun exposure) on my face that make me very self-concious. Is it melasma?
What is the best course (considering I don't have $$$ to drop)? Initally it was recommended I use prescription tretinoin cream, but how do I know if I have melasma and if these treatments would help?
Melasma treatment - There are no guarantees!
A recent study shows that tretinoin and a strong steroid cream can reduce melasma, as well as using hydroquinone, which can have some side effects.
I would recommend several months of this treatment if it has not been done yet, as the laser can worsen the melasma. There are no guarantees!
Web reference: http://www.thenyac.com
What is melasma and what can I use to treat melasma
Melasma is a visible pigmentation, usually on the face, that is caused by a combination of hormones, genetics, inflammation, and sun exposure. I begin treatment with Melaquin AM and Melaquin PM creams and these seem to work well to improve pigmentation.
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