How Long Will It Take Melasma to Fade Once I Stop Taking Birth Control?

I have never had any problems with melasma before until I started back on bc for accutane. I am 27, have been off both accutane & bc for 2 months, and it still has not faded away! Will this be permanent or something that will fade, but still come back later on?

Doctor Answers 2

Melasma control with Melarase and stopping birth control pills

Melasma often does not resolve once birth control pills are stopped. I would begin treatment with the Melarase skin lightening creams prior to stopping your birth control. Raffy Karamanoukian, Los Angeles

Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Will melasma fade when birth control is discontinued?

This question is difficult to answer as sometimes melasma resolves when birth contol is stopped and sometimes it does not. Make sure you use a sunscreen with an spf of 30 or higher daily and avoid strong sun. You might also want to try a hydroquinone product, chemical peels and or a skin brightener. I recommend a consultation with a board-certified dermatologist.

Dina D. Strachan, MD
New York Dermatologist
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