How I got rid of Melasma

First and foremost if you struggle with Melasma, you know it totally sucks. I hear you! I’ve been testing multiple products and treatments for the past few months and I’m excited to share with you how I got rid of melasma on my face. I’m also talking about how you can prevent/minimize these stinkers from showing back up.

Melasma seems to be triggered by hormonal change (pregnancy, birth control pills stress etc) it’s commonly known as “pregnancy mask”. I started developing mine after taking birth control pills and it sort of happened overnight (it was an awful realization!). After months or reading and trying to find videos on youtube I decided to make an appointment with my dermatologist and that’s really when things started changing. Little did I know that I could’ve been preventing and minimizing it all along….watch on to see my whole treatment!


Un-wrinkle peel pads ( I’m obsessed with these) //Β Max Complexion Correction Pads (this is new, on my list to try!)

Physical sunscreen and melasma products Shop the products I use:


Ladies, this is such an issue for the ones who suffer with it. Don’t delay your care. Here’s a summary of the video:

  • Talk to your doctor about what type of prescription is recommended for you. (Hydroquinone 4% plus a retinoid with a steroid – to diminish irritation- was my choice) I went with Tri-Luma.Β 
  • Use sunscreen diligently and re-apply often ( I have an awesome tip in the video for this!!). Go for physical protection. HERE is a good article explaining the differences in chemical vs. physical sunscreen. Physical sunscreen aka sunblock is what you want to put on your face since any light that penetrates the skin will bring the melasma back up to the surface.
  • Wear a hat, visor or cap while exposed to the sun (beach, kids games, concerts, etc) even in the winter months.
  • Use a daily vitamin C or brightening serum/skincare system.
  • Make use of glycolic acid peels. They exfoliate the skin gently and keep the dead cells out so your skincare and treatment work at it’s full potency.
  • Stress has been linked to facial pigmentation so managing stress with proper sleep, exercise and drinking lots of water shall help keep it at bay. If nothing else, it’s good for you!

I’ve read and tried a few natural and homemade recipes (such as rubbing lemon on the spot, since Vitamin C is a natural brightener) to be honest I didn’t see any visible results. I know some people swear about it so I think it’s worth a try!

Some good examples of Physical sunscreens are Dr.JartΒ 

PS: this is my own observation and some of my doctor’s recommendations for these products and treatments guys. This is not endorsed by a doctor, neither by any of the brands, I’m recommending here. But solely my own experience!

I truly hope this post will reach the right people (feel free to share with a friend/family member who struggles with melasma or pigmentation of the skin) and give back their confidence. This condition is NO fun and I can totally relate to you. I’m actually getting ready to go to a beach vacay for the first time after doing my treatment and am anxious/scared to see what happens. One thing is for sure, you won’t see me baking my face like I used to any longer πŸ™‚

Send me your questions and/or concerns. I’ll do my best to answer them and if I can’t I’ll put it on my list for my doc!

Beijos,

-K

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5 Comments

  • Reply MALIKA April 8, 2018 at 4:49 pm

    GOOD MORNING DEAR KARINA! Let me introduce myself ,my name is Malika I’m from Tashkent/ Uzbekistan. For 2 years i suffer from melasma it’s really bad. I got many treatmemts like a chemical peels, expensive laser treatments lutronic spectra.but none of theme could helped. It got worse and worse. I really spent lots of money for nothing and got a more problems. I got a prescription from my doctor like a steroid +hydroqunone +tretinoin. It is same with tri luma. The problem is i could with difficulty find this medicines. The other things which you suggested i dont have in my country. Please could you help me to buy the other things like a powder, gylicolic acid…? If you say how much does all cost? Ill send you money. Oh i forgot to ask, when you use tri luma cream it sould stay 1 hour or hole day. Because my doctor said me to use 30 mins .1 day use 2 days off. I cant see anything doing like this way! Thank you for your answer!! And i really sorry for my english! With best regards Malika

    • Reply Karina April 9, 2018 at 2:26 pm

      Hi Malika, my goodness I’m so sorry to hear you struggle with melasma like that.
      Tri-luma is a combination of steroids, hydroquinone and retinoids. The steroids diminish irritation but don’t have anything to do with making the stains disappear so you can do without them. For the other products you don’t have to use the same brands, just get a good sunblock with the ingredients I talk about on the video and at least 25 SPF and anything that has glycolic acid. They have it in toners, face washes and masks. It’s not hard to find!!!! Lastly you don’t take off the tri-luma, apply before bed and sleep with it on your skin, wash your face in the morning and apply again!! If you get too irritated or red stop treatment and always, always , always talk to your doctor!!!!
      Your english is great!!!
      Beijos,

  • Reply Maria Vang April 24, 2018 at 2:42 pm

    Karina, was your melasma dermal or epidermis?

    • Reply Karina April 26, 2018 at 9:25 pm

      I have no idea Maria. Didn’t even know there was a difference πŸ™ I’ll ask my doc!!!

  • Reply Maria Vang April 27, 2018 at 3:22 am

    I’d never paid attention to mines till it got to this point..I’ve done so much research and I don’t want to be like others to where the melasma attack me with vengeance..i will have to say 5 years or longer battling this sick disease of mines. Even though theres no cure I want to at least have it under control. Everyone is different I know, but just wasn’t sure to what extent. You might be one of the fortunate ones that triluma didn’t counter attack back with vengeance..but all other stories I read about I’m scared to even try it..but dermal and epidermal was more of a concern of mine before I even considered what treatment to take..my first appointment is in 3 wks and I’m just kinda lost in what I should do..your story gives me hope but at the same time it scares me as each of us are different. I’m glad you found what works for you and hopefully I’ll find mines.

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