I had a fraxel restore treatment for melasma. The doctor suggest me to use dydroquinone cream for 6 weeks after first week. But I'm trying to avoid it as I'm still breast-feeding. Is there anything else I can use? And going forward, do I have to bleach my skin to maintain the results of fraxel? Thanks.
Do I Have to Use Hydroquinone After Fraxel Restore?
Doctor Answers 2
Pregnancy will be a problem
Oral contraceptives and pregnancy are the 2 most common causes of a melasma flare. Be sure you are using a chemical free, high SPF sunscreen EVERYDAY. Stay out of direct sun and avoid getting overheated as this, too, can trigger a melasma flare or relapse. Your OB is going to nix all those topicals, but Vitamin C is safe and azaleic acid might get the green light for safety. Always listen to your OB and if worse comes to worse, you can repeat the Fraxel treatmewnt s after you deliver.