Post # 1
I was wondering if anyone else has melasma/sun damage. I used to sit out in the sun a lot and now I am dealing with the negative aspects of it. I also have acne so my dr put me on solodyn and retin a to control it and get me through my wedding!He also prescribed hydroquinone. I wear a SPF of 60 everyday now. My skin tone is uneven and I am emabarrased. Anyone else have this problem and how do you deal with it?
Post # 3
I am right there with you! Doc thinks its related birth control, so I tried switching to a non-estrogen one (disasterous idea) and I’m back dealing with my dark patches. I’ve been using Retin-A as well, and it helps. Was using hydroquinone but truthfully, saw only a slight improvement and got freaked out by some of the stuff you see on the internet about it, so quit. Started using Aveda’s Enbrightenment skin care line which has helped. I’m just religous about sunscreen on my face now (55+ everyday) and that’s been the biggest help, but it totally sucks when you really want to look tan on your wedding day! I’m hoping my make up artist can hide whatevers there.
Post # 4
Yea some of the stuff about hydroquinone freaked me out also! But I am going to use if for the next couple months and then throw it away! It’s helping a little bit! I am only 28 but I want to laser all my skin off! HA! I mean I def make the situation seem a lot worse than it is but it bothers me! I am also going to have a couple dermasweep (microdermabrasions) done before the wedding. Sometimes that helps a little!
Post # 5
Mrs Penguin had posted a while back about an expensive prescription skin care regimen that was working miracles on her skin. I can’t remember what is was called, but you could search in her blog posts for it!
Post # 6
hmmm I will look into that! Thanks so much!
Post # 7
Intense Pulsed Light will zap your melasma. IPL also can zap capillaries. I had it dones for sun freckles… fries them, then the pigment sloughs off as your skin sloughs. Not inexpensive, but I got comments on my skin all last winter when I did it- you have to stay out of the sun when you get it done.
Post # 8
DON’T get IPL for melasma!! In many cases, it can make it worse… like in my case 🙁