(Closed) Any dermatologists out there? Or anyone with uneven skin tone/dark spots?

posted 10 years ago in Beauty
Post # 4
2639 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

you may be able to get a peel or microderm to help even it out.

Post # 7
1835 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Tanning and sun exposure will make acne better but hyperpigmentation from old acne (dark/red spots) worse. Its a no win.

I’ve had bad acne for a decade, so I do a lot to treat it and right now my skin is pretty good, aside from the red marks all over. They are pseudo scars, and typically hang around anywhere from 3 mos to a few years.

I read up on a home cure that supposedly lightens the red marks. I just began using apple cider vinegar as a toner on my face. In addition to lightening the marks, it balances the PH of your skin after washing. The smell is horrible, but I add a couple drops of jojoba oil with vanilla extract to my moisturizer and that hides the vinegar smell. Use a moiturizer with spf.

You can do a google search for it, a lot of people seemed to have had success with this method. I’m still on week one, but I’m hopeful.

Post # 8
755 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

@cherrycoke:  I tried microdermabrasion, it’s really just another form of exfoliation and I personally was not impressed with the results and doubt that would help with dark spots at all.  I do have a friend who uses Obagi (I think?) it sounds like a lot of effort but I will say her skin which used to have a lot of freckles (from sun exposure) and is now really clear and positively glows.  I am way too lazy to try it myself ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 9
413 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

I get Melasma from BC and sun exposure.  Over the summer it’s awful and then fades for the winter.  I got married in November and didn’t want to wait and see if it would be gone.  I started using Dr Dennis Gross Extra Strength Alpha Beta Peel. What a difference.  that stuff was amazing! Pricey, but totally worth it!

Post # 11
150 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Make sure that you’re wearing sunscreen daily.  That will lessen the darkening of spots.  Even if you aren’t “in the sun” you will still have exposure from driving or being outside.

If you do a derm appointment, they should be able to help you a lot better.  To me it sounds like you could do some more exfoliation..maybe try a night cream with AHAs in it for chemical exfoliation.  There’s one a Walgreens brand one called Alpha Hydrox, I think.  I like that a lot, makes my skin feel brighter and smoother. A gentle scrub might be good too, if you feel like your makeup isn’t going on smoothly.  Just be gentle and don’t try too many new things at once and freak out your skin. 

Post # 12
24 posts
  • Wedding: July 2012

@cherrycoke:  Hi Cherrycoke, I am in a bit of a similar situation so I hope I can help…. 
The good news is that you have plenty of time until your wedding to get it sorted out (I am guessing your wedding is in October 2012, not 2011..?), so there is no need to stress. You can have amazing skin for your wedding.

Firstly, do not get back on the tanning beds. You are ruining your skin for life. Sun is terribly damaging for your skin, its just not worth it. Use fake tan and bronzer and protect your skin. If I were you I would always wear an SPF base when you are out as it sounds like you have already damaged your skin. 

Secondly, find a skin routine that works. I went off BC in preparation for trying for a baby after the wedding and it has literally killed my skin. Loads of breakouts/uneven skin tone every where. I was so panicked I almost went back on the pill for this exact reason in desparation. However in the space of a month my skin has turned around. Here is how.

I use Murad body spray on my back chest. This is popular in the UK but I know you have similar brands there, like Glytone back acne spray. If you use this every day you will solve your back/chest arm breakouts. I spray mine after I shower and then blast myself with the hairdrier as I can’t be bothered for it to dry. (What ever works for you). 

On my face I use proactiv 3 step and a 5% Benzol Peroxide cream (After the reparing lotion step I put on the Bridal Party where I normally suffer breakouts).  The first few days when you start it will dry your skin out, but don’t stop using it. Your skin will adjust. I promise. 
Now because you are using these treatments you need to invest in a very good moisturizer to pamper your skin and help it cope with the anti-acne treatments. I use  l’Occitane ultra rich face cream which doesn’t anything irritating in it and does wonders for skin tone. 
I cannot stress how important it is to moisturize in the treatment of acne. I know it seems counter-productive but it works.

Now onto the two other points. Microdermabrasion works wonders. I have mine done 3 days before I have an event where I know I am having pictures taken of me and my skin always looks so nice. But make sure you have it 3 days in advance as the day after you are prone to break out and the skin needs to breath. I would seriously recommend trying it out and finding a salon near you where you are happy with the treatment and are able to have it done three days before your wedding.

The other thing that is more expensive but certainly works is laser. I have had anti acne laser and it was incredible is promoting even skin tone and making skin fight the bacteria that cause acne and getting rid of sun damage marks. I know this is expensive and not an option for everyone but it really works. 

Lastly you metioned you are going to your derm. I have seen dermatologists so many times and they are very geared towards medication. I have tried meds and can honestly say they do not solve the problem. He may put you on anti-biotics but as soon as you stop taking them you will be back in the same place. Also, they are not suitable for if you are TTC so for me they were not ever an option. 

Sorry for my very long post but I was keen to try and help. 
Best of luck!


Post # 13
1367 posts
Bumble bee

@cherrycoke:  Hey there, I used to have some brown sun spots on my face from sun exposure.  They were very faint and looked like freckles but it always bothered me, so last year I went to a cosmestic dermatologist and I got this laser procedure done on my face – I cannot recall the exact name of it, but basically they took some sort of laser and “zapped” the sun spots on my face.  There were small brown scabs on my face for about 2 days (I worked from home saying I was recovering from “minor surgery”….hehe) and then they fell off and the sun spots were gone!  It was such a positive result.  

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