melasma dark spots
I have dark melasma on my face that get much worse in the summer. I've tried prescription product Obaji with some help but it's still very noticeable, especially in the summer. Is laser the best treatment or is there a product that's best?
Melasma is very frustrating. I have been dealing with it for many years. Through self-education, testing products and asking a lot of questions, I am now finally getting results. I'm actually in the process of writing an article for an online publication about melasma. So don't give up hope! It's possible to rid of melasma!
Here's what worked for me, and hopefully it helps you.
To start find a good aesthetician that uses natural products and methods. My bimonthly facials included a manual microderm (no machine, they weaken collagen and elastin) and AHA peel (lactic/glycolic acid) to help lighten in the deeper layers of the skin. It took a few months but I experienced visible results! Now I go once a month to keep lightening the remaining spots.
Years ago I used Caudalie Vinoperfect serum for a year plus and it helped elminate the dark spots on my forehead but very very slowly (and I think they were hyperprigmentation NOT melasma). Now I use Kiehl's Clealry Corrective Dark Spot Solution, which has made the biggest difference of any single product I used. The other product is Ole Henriksen's Truth serum. Together I feel they are eliminating the melasma on my cheeks, jawlien and upper lip. I used to wear heavy theater-style foundation (with darker areas still showing), now I walk outside without makeup (but always SPF) and feel OK.
To get maximum results, exfoliate 2x/week with a good scrub. I alternate between The Body Shop Vitamin C microdermabrasion and Kiehl's Clealry Corrective Skin Brightenng Exfoliator using a Clarisonic brush to get rid of all the dead skin so the products penetrate deeper into the skin.
NEVER leave your house without sunscreen, EVER! In fact even when I'm indoors, I wear it. My favorite (after testing several brands) is Josie Maran's Argan Oil Daily Moisturizer broad spectrum SPF 40 lotion. It's non-greasy texture protects my skin without the heavy "white" film while the light fruity scent is refreshing.
It took awhile to get to this point (I'm still working on the last signs of very faded dark spots along the sides) but I believe patience and perserverance made it possible. Also I cleaned up my diet and turned to alternative medicine to balance my hormones and cleanse my liver (that's when I noticed big changes in my melasma). Incidentally, melasma is very differnet from hyperpgimentation. Melasma is caused my hormone imbalances. Ask a holistic doctor about testing your hormones and liver. Helping heal from the inside will make a big difference on the outside! Good luck.