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Old 09-29-2010, 03:40 PM
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melasma :(

so...i have melasma on my cheeks and a little on my forehead. I am one of the unlucky ones who have it and isnt pregnant....but its still hormonal. Anywho, its ugly and looks ridiculous on me. Any advice on ways to make it go away?
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Old 09-29-2010, 04:50 PM
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Are you on the bc pill? I had malasma when I wasn't pregnant and my derm said it was from the pill. I got a prescription for tri-luma and it worked excellent for me. My brown spots were gone within a month.
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I have it on my forehead from the pill too. My doc gave me a prescription for tri-luma as well, but I never filled it because it was $$$.

Paula's RESIST Remarkable Skin Lightening products (gel w/ bha/lotion w/ aha) are the same active lightening ingredient, just a lower concentration. I got the gel and it has worked well enough. Might be something to try before getting a script & plunking down the cash for the tri-luma.

The tri-luma does have tretinoin (retin-A) in it and something else, so keep in mind it IS a different product.

Ps - Jenn will not be happy w/ these suggestions (tri-luma or the paula's product).
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Old 09-29-2010, 05:35 PM
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My prescription for the tri-luma was only $100 and a little bit goes a long way. I only used about half of it. I think the $100 is well worth a better looking face
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thanks guys....i may try to cheaper version first because i am a poor social worker. I am on the pill and im sure its from that....its just very noticeable on my cheeks and im tired of people asking me whats wrong and if i all the sudden got bad freckles.
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Forgot to note that because it's a lower concentration, it does take a little longer to work. I think you have to give it 9 wks to see some results.
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I had it from bc pills as well. My dermatologist gave me Tazorac. Insurance paid for it without a problem. He also gave me a script for Tri-Luma and insurance would not pay. I love Tazorac. It is wonderful stuff!!
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i just got a complete melasma lecture

here are the things i learned:

1) you should wear spf 30 or more everyday
2) if possible, stop taking birth control (especially progesterone formulas)
3) if you have light skin you are a lot better off than those of us with darker skin
4) melasma can be dermal or epidermal. the hydroquinone (in the triluma) will only work for epidermal. dermal melasma doesn't respond well and is better treated by laser. your derm uses a special skin light to determine if the melasma is dermal/epidermal
5) fraxel or ipl laser. ipl works much better for people with naturally light skin
6) stay out of the sun.
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Old 10-07-2010, 12:13 PM
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yea, i know abou the sun and sun screen...but i have to be on the pill, trust me, i hate it and would like to get off of it because its the reason the malasma popped up
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i just got a complete melasma lecture

here are the things i learned:

1) you should wear spf 30 or more everyday
2) if possible, stop taking birth control (especially progesterone formulas)
3) if you have light skin you are a lot better off than those of us with darker skin
4) melasma can be dermal or epidermal. the hydroquinone (in the triluma) will only work for epidermal. dermal melasma doesn't respond well and is better treated by laser. your derm uses a special skin light to determine if the melasma is dermal/epidermal
5) fraxel or ipl laser. ipl works much better for people with naturally light skin
6) stay out of the sun.
wow, that is NO joke! i'm on bc and haven't had any issues with melasma (yet) but my mom definitely warned me about it already. she's been dealing with melasma and it went away with her treatments, but she's very careful about being a crazy asian lady with the sun visor/welding mask.
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