Does anyone else have/had melasma (skin pigmentation issues)

posted 3 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
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Sugar bee

@Amayansong:  Bummer!  Does your doctor think it will go away, or is it for life?

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@Amayansong:  Hi there. I have it. It’s around my eyebrows and upper lip. I can handle the eyebrows but the upper lip gets dark if i’m not vigilant on staying out of the sun. I’ve tried acid peels but no luck there. I may have to go laser someday. Until then, I use massive amounts of SPF and always cover my face when I’m outside.

 

Major suckage.

 

ETA – What’s the name of the cream? What’s the active ingredient?

 

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Sunscreen and covering my face has helped tremendously. I will look into the hydroquinone with my doc. Please let me know how you fare. 🙂

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - parent's backyard

@Amayansong:  the best kind of sunscreen you can use is the kind that contains zinc and/or titanium. you can get them in little sticks so its easy to apply it just to the problem areas. it’s a physical block (as opposed to a chemical block), so that’s why it works better. 

I don’t have melasma, but I’m super freckly and they tend to show up way darker on my upper lip, which looks pretty weird. I wear sunscreen on my face every day, but I apply the zinc/titanium sticks with a higher spf on the upper lip, and it totally works for me. I no longer have noticably darker freckles there.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Ha I have the opposite issue- I have vitiligo which is where you lose pigment in parts of your skin.  Mine is not super severe, however it shows up strongly the more tan I am (those areas dont tan.) I have two on my arm, two on one leg and half of my stomach tans at a completely different rate than the other side (there’s a discernable swiggly line running down my stomach seperating the two halves. it’s weird.)

I think the solution for both of us is less sun, unfortunately.  Lots and lots of sunscreen! I live in a city so I rarely see the sun anyway.

 

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@Amayansong:  I am pretty sure I have this on my left arm and hand. I’ve had it since I was little and my mom always thought it was some kind of birth mark until she took me to the doctor. The doctor told us the name of it but I forgot what it was. I was too young to really care. I do remember him saying it is similar to the skin condition Michael Jackson had. It gets darker in the summer time when I tan and they said to use sunscreen when I got in the sun. I’ve been asked if it’s dried coca cola, chocolate ice cream, etc.  I don’t even see it anymore.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - parent's backyard

@Amayansong:  for my “everyday” face lotion, I use Olay — spf 15 in the winter and spf 30 in the summer. but only the ones marked “for sensitive skin” contain zinc.

as for the sticks, I’m currently using Aveeno Baby, but I’ve never had a problem with any brand. I’m very prone to breakouts and never had a problem with any of them. also, zinc happens to be very soothing to the skin so that’s an added benefit! 

 

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

i had it – a tiny patch on one side of my upper lip.  it’s recently gone away since i went off birth control.

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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

I DO!!! It sucks 🙁 When I was in Thailand and Laos, I took an anti-malarial that apparently gave me this. I have a fairly dark pigmented area on my upper lip that looks like a dirt mustache. I work outside a spring and summer (wildlife biologist) so of course no matter what it gets all dark. 🙁  I effing haaaate it! Gonna read this thread now to see if anyone has managed to fix theirs. 

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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

@Amayansong:  I hope it works for you!! Did just a regular doc prescribe that, or a dermatologist?? I might have to get some before my wedding in 5 weeks!

mine goes away in the winter but is back with a vengeance as soon as I start working / running / biking outside again 🙁

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