Why won't my melasma lighten up at all? (Photos)

I am currently being treated by the top dermatologist in Utah & he has done several laser treatments along with creams, facial treatments and nothing has worked. I have Hispanic ethnicity and have heard that its harder to treat. I am looking online to see what others have done. I have not tried skinbright & wanted to know your thoughts on it.I also use spf 50 by skinmedica.I feel like my Dr. has even given up on me. Any kind of help would be so appreciated. Thanks, Roberta

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Melasma and Sun Spots -- Best Treamtent Is Clear + Brilliant / Fraxel 1927 with Microneedling PRP, Pro Yellow is Useful

There is no "cure" for melasma but there are great treatments. We are doing a clinical trial now on clear + brilliant with bleaching and microneedling and getting amazing results. I suggest you see an expert. You will need lifelong treatment, sun protection, skin care. But these treatments can give you improvement and then you maintain. Best , Dr. Emer.

Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
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Thank you for your question. There is no cure for melasma. I would recommend seeking a consultation with another provider if you feel  you are not receiving the best service. However individuals with melasma will have to do a lifetime of skin care regiment such as a high protection of sunscreen, chemical peels, fraxel laser, or prescription for hyper-pigmentation. 

Edward E. Dickerson, IV, MD
Fayetteville Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 102 reviews

Dermal melasma vs epidermal - video explains treatments

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. If you have dermal melasma, this can be very difficult to treat, and like your doctor, every dermatologist WILL have some cases that will not respond to treatment. This is when we have to come up with combination treatments for you. 
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. In some cases I combine glycolic AHA peels, and in other cases I use a tablet called Tranexamic acid to help.
I like the Clear+Brilliant with ascorbic acid and twice a week HQ to maintain. Finding the combination that works for YOU is the key. 
All the best, Dr Davin Lim Laser, surgical and aesthetic dermatologist Brisbane, Australia 

Davin Lim, MBBS, FACD
Brisbane Dermatologist
4.7 out of 5 stars 56 reviews

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