As you can see I'm dealing with A LOT of issues on my face. To get rid of melasma and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation I decided to do 2 photofacials (Candela laser I believe) earlier in the year. It left me with 2 burns on my upper cheek and did nothing for my melasma. I've tried hydroquinone and had no luck. I use to feel pretty but now even with loads of makeup I feel unattractive. I don't have a lot of money to spend. Thx!
How Do I Get Rid of Laser Scarring, Melasma, and Hyperpigmentation? (photo)
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Melasma and skin pigmentation
Treatments for Melasma
I use lasers (1927nm - Fraxel Dual laser and the Spectra 1064nm Q-Switched) frequently for stubborn cases of melasma, but when using any laser or light device there is a risk of PIH, especially if proper sun protection and concomitant lightening agents are not used. I would be evaluated by a Board-certified dermatologist specializing in laser surgery for further evaluation and treatment. The melanage peel has also shown to have nice results in melasma patients.
Hydroquinone for Melasma
Hi Patricia. Whomever offered you IPL for your condition is not a very good clinician when it comes to Melasma. We have seen hundreds of patients for Melasma, many of whom have had their Melasma worsen with IPL treatments.
We use a compounded and liquid version of 8% hydroquinone, which works very well. We have had good success even with severe cases like your own. Try to find a practitioner around you that uses high strength HQ. Good luck.
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Scarring, pigmentation, melasma
You do have a lot of issues going on, so I hope you're under the care of a dermatologist that you trust and have a good rapport with. There are many options to review, from topical therapies (e.g. Obagi NuDerm, Lytera), to chemical peels (medical-grade), to lasers and light-based devices. Sunscreen and sun avoidance is ofcourse critical as well. With time, and the right dermatologist supporting you, no doubt things will improve. ~ Dr. Benjamin Barankin, Toronto Dermatology Centre.
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