How can I help my melasma mustache without lasers, getting off birth control and staying out of the sun.
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Melarase creams for melasma on the lips
Avoid hormonal exposure, limit sun exposure, and start Melarase AM, Melarase PM, Melapads, and Replenish to reduce tyrosinase activity.
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Melasma can not be completely cured, however effective treatment are possible. This is because your skin is extremely sensitive to UV and even the smallest amount can stimulate your pigment cells to produce colour. The mainstay of treatment is strict UV protection- hats, sunglasses and SPF every 4 hours.
I prefer to use a combination of creams and laser for melasma. Hydroquinone can be used (5-8%), along with vitamin A creams. I usually start my patients on laser (low dose Q switch or Picosure) a few weeks after they commence on creams. Another laser I use is the Clear and Brilliant in the Permea setting combined with creams.
In some cases I combine glycolic AHA peels, and in other cases I use a tablet called Tranexamic acid to help. Melasma treatments should be tailored to each patient.
All the best, Dr Davin Lim. Laser, surgical and aesthetic dermatologist. Brisbane, Australia
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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