How I got rid of Melasma

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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 of 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 melasma all along….watch on to see my whole treatment!


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

Physical sunscreen and melasma products - How I got rid of Melasma featured by popular Indianapolis lifestyle blogger, Karina Style DiariesShop the products to get rid of melasma :

Ladies, this is such an issue for the ones who suffer with melasma. 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
  • 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.Jart 

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 melasma 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 🙂

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!



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  1. Hello Karina

    I am also suffering from melasma on my forehead due to birth control pills. Did you experience a lot of side effects when starting the Tri Luma? How did you manage the peeling?

    Thanks a lot!

    Kind regards

  2. Do u have a video or article on what best worked for you for make up when having it to try n cover up? I’m struggling soooo much!!! I’d appreciate your reply and help!!

  3. I’ve tried a compound that was like tri-luma it seemed to be helping but then it didn’t and Got the melasma back. I took a break then started doing the hydroquinone 4% and it doesn’t seem to be doing much. It lightens the areas tight next to my melasma. I am so annoyed and I hate it. I am not sure what else to try. I also use retina 0.1%
    I am 44 and have always took care of my skin. I use sunblock all the time physical 50SPF. I need some advise. Thanks

    • Hi Gabriela! I would definitely consult with a doctor, chemical peels and a compound make especially for you might help you more than Hydroquinone. I have stopped hydroquinone a while back. I’m maintainig the melasma away with Vitamin C and light acid peels! Sunblock always!!!! Hope this helps 🙂

  4. I came across your youtube video when I was looking for ways to cover my melasma. On your blog, i noticed you are from the Indianapolis area like me. I was wondering if you would share the name of the dermatologist who treated you. Thanks!

    • Hi There! Yes, of course, her name is Dr. Donnelly and she’s located at Forefront Dermatology in Carmel!

  5. I just started using the Tri Luma cream and found this blog very helpful. I noticed Dexpantenol in the picture. Please explain. How did you use this in conjunction with the tri-Luma? I’m in the USA and am not familiar with this product.

    • Hi Fay, this is a concentrated moisturizer from Brazil. You don’t have to use it for the melasma itself. I actually like to use it to take vare of my skin peeling after I do chemical peels or if tri-luma is causing the peeling to be too aggressive! I do however recommend you to use a heavy moisturizer!

  6. Hi Karina,
    Thank you so much for posting this video.
    I have had melasma for four years and now it was bringing me down as I couldn’t cover it with makeup anymore.i have started using Zo ski health products which have retinol and I have started using triluma at night for last 2 weeks and I can see the improvement.
    My question is would I need to use tri luma for life or this one of treatment of 2 months is good enough.melasma on my face was only on my cheeks.

  7. I wish I had taken a “before” photo. I have melasma and sun damage from years of exposure (we live on an island). Because of the reviews I read, I switched from Dermalmd Lightening Serum to trying this. Within 2 weeks I started seeing a difference. I’ve been faithfully using it once a day for a month now with amazing results. It also does not dry out my skin the way the Dermalmd Serum did. Great product!! Highly recommend.

  8. Hi Karina!
    I realize that this is an older post but finding your video on youtube really helped me and I am excited to start trying to get rid of MY melasma! I have a question for you; do you apply serums and creams on top of the tri-luma? It says on the instructions not to apply anything on top, so I’m wondering how you did it?

    Have a lovely day and thank you SO much for sharing your experience!

    • Sunblock is the main thing but I just had my appointment with my derm and she prescribed me Finacea which is a foam that constricts the blood vessels and prevents them from the heat. I haven’t had it back since I started to apply that. Ask your doc!! Xx

  9. Hi Karina,

    I was wondering what is the name of the retinol you use in combination with Triluma? Did your dermatologist prescribe the retinol as well or can it be purchased at Sephora as well?

    Thank you for this video!

  10. Oi Karina,
    Se importa se eu escrever em Portugues? Também sofro com melasma e minha medica aqui no Brasil receitou basicamnete as mesmas coisas. Triluma, protetor fisico, reaplicar a cada 2 horas e vit C. Adorei a dica do po e vou ver se consigo comprar esse ou algum similar por aqui!
    Beijos e parabéns pelo vídeo!

    • Oi Clarissa, nossa muito obrigada pela mesnagem! Pois é o tratamento geralmente é o mesmo e agente sofre mais no verão com solzão o tempo todo né?! Eu adoro levar o pó comigo p todo lugar, é ótimo p reaplicar durante o dia e não afetar a make!!!! Espero q encontre aí no Brasil..
      Beijos p vc tb 🙂

  11. 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.

    • Hi Maria,

      I’m sorry I missed your comment. I hope you got it figured out at your doctor! Xx

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

  12. 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

    • 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!!!