Post # 1
I started using birth control 4 years ago and shortly after that I developed a brown spot in the middle of my forehead. I was led to believe it was a bad sunspot after falling asleep on the hammock, but when it didn’t disappear I became concerned and went to a dermatologist. He identified it as melasma and gave me a few options, one of which was switching my birth control. I’m now on a lower dosage, and some of the pigmentation on my forehead has gone down, but the mark is still there. I’m very embarrassed by it and I have to style my hair a certain way and I make sure it doesn’t show up in picutres,
I’ll be taking engagement pictures this summer and getting married next year, and I just want this blemish off of my forehead, if not reduded significantly. My DR wrote me a prescription for Triluma, which is supposed to help reduce my melasma, but it’s $70 and I’ve never been able to afford it. He also suggested I put on sunscreen every day. I’ve seen creams at Sephora and Macy’s that sound like they can help, but before I spend any money I’m curious to see what anyone else has tried and succeeded at. I’ve been looking at the Clinique Dark Spot Corrector, has that helped anyone else?
Before you suggest the following, these are NOT optional for me: laser treatments (can make it worse & more expensive) and switching my birth control yet again (I’m not getting the rings or implants)
Post # 3
- Wedding: April 2014 - Customs House Resturant Geelong
@bubbles83: Any form of pigmentation is extremely hard to treat sorry. and since your trigger for it is hormonal the only way of making it lighter or making is disappear for good would be controlling those hormones which means switching your pill? Even if you fix it or make it better, when/if you have children it make come back.
Laser treatments dont work IMO for pigmentation. The best thing you can do is get a good Vit C cream or serum, plus if it has niacinamide (B3 Vit) even better. get the best you can afford. I love Environ, some others are cellex c, Medic 8, theres lots out there just find one in your price range, i would avoid clinique just a personal preference, they put alot of other stuff in their products that arent good for your skin such as fragrance (which cn make pigmentation worse when in contact with the sun) and alcohol based ingredients, which dries the skin out. go to your local beauty store, or skin therapist and chat to them about options, let them know your budget, get samples, you wont see a big difference with a sample but you’ll get a feel for the product. it can take anywhere from 6-26 weeks before you will start to see a difference with most products.
Best advice invest in a good concelor, once again go to a few different department stores get them to try it on you, walk away for a few hours see how it looks, take a few photos and get the one that covers best as well as fits your budget. Hope this helps. Good luck
(Skin Therapists for 6 years)
Post # 4
@bubbles83: Triluma uses 4 % hydroquinone and Retin A. Over the counter you can purchase Porcelana which is 3%, avon has banishing cream which is 2%, and there are a couple of others at 2% at the drug store. Usually Walgreens, CVS, walmart carry them at its about $8. Use in the morning under your makeup and before bed. I used Triluna but it was taken off the market for a while and it was $150. It works.
I found $8 ones just as affective. It does work, but may take a little longer since its not the same %. I used it for the face and my back. Oh and most have sunscreen as part of the product. I found the OTC not drying while Triluma since it has Retin A makes your skin peel, and for some people its not a big deal while others turns flaky and red.
Give it at least a month to notice the difference and by your wedding it will go away.