How can I help my melasma mustache without lasers, getting off birth control and staying out of the sun.
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Thank you for your question Norbert. Melasma is a common condition characterized by the appearance of dark patches commonly found on the forehead, cheeks, and upper lip. Melasma is caused by an internal imbalance of hormones which makes the skin more sensitive to the sun. So protection with sunscreen daily is essential. Products such as containing hydroquinone work well for melasma and work best when combined with other products. Sometimes higher strengths of hydroquinone are required; these can be compounded. Sometimes patients need to use the products for at least three months to start seeing improvement. In our office, we use the A E Skin Ultimate Rejuvenation treatment, a treatment I designed that works well for melasma. It starts with a Forever Young BBL IPL photofacial treatment, followed by a Micro Laser Peel and a Pro Fractional Therapy treatment. Immediately afterwards topical liquid hydroquinone is applied. The channels formed in the Pro Fractional step provide access for the hydroquinone to the deeper layers of the skin. Amazing results can be seen. Unfortunately, however, melasma is a condition we control, not cure. So maintenance treatments are required. Please consult with a doctor for specific recommendations. Good luck!
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