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My face is covered in melasma, don't want it to get worse Other than the downtime which is safer the I2pl eclipse or a chemical peel. Tyvm?

My face is covered in melasma, don't want it to get worse Other than the downtime which is safer the I2pl eclipse or a chemical peel. Tyvm?

Specialist: This very important question, since it involves your face, should involve a dermatologist or plastic surgeon. I'm not sure whether either treatment you mentioned would effectively clear melasma. One who specializes in these treatments and in disorders like melasma are best qualified to address this question. ...Read more

Dermovate (Definition)

Clobetasol propionate is a very high strength steroid which is a kind of topical steroid (skin-related medication). ...Read more


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Hi how can be melasma spots on a face be treated Thanks?

Hi how can be melasma spots on a face be treated Thanks?

Melasma?: Melasma or changes in facial coloring is related to hormonal changes. Since you are post-menopausal age, are you taking hormone or estrogen replacement therapy? Are the changes recent or long term? Talk with your GYN or dermatologist about options such as creams or laser therapy. If taking hormonal therapy, the changes may be chronic as long as you take estrogen/progesterone. ...Read more

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I have a dark spot on the back of my head that is fairly large in size. Sometimes it has an itch to it, however, I've never had this issue before. I've done some research and the best conclusion that I could make was that it may be Melasma but I've heard

I have a dark spot on the back of my head that is fairly large in size. Sometimes it has an itch to it, however, I've never had this issue before. I've done some research and the best conclusion that I could make was that it may be Melasma but I've heard

Dark spot on head: It could certainly be melasma - if it is cosmetically unappealing - then there are several different treatments available to lighten the area. To be certain this is what it is a biopsy might be in order Good luck ...Read more

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What causes melasma? My friend randomly developed a spot on her face that she says is called melasma. What causes this? .

What causes melasma? My friend randomly developed a spot on her face that she says is called melasma. What causes this? .

Melasma: Melasma is a common acquired increase in pigmentation occuring exclusively in sun-exposed areas that is typically brownish in color. It tends to be prominent (but not exclusively) among latinos and asians, and more apparent during and after periods of sun exposure. It mostly arises from pregnancy (chloasma) and oral contraceptives, but can also be associated with endocrine dysfunction, genetic factors, certain medications, nutritional deficiencies, among other things. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have melasma? How will I know if the dark spot on my face is melasma or just a sun spot? .

Melasma?: Melasma of the face is often in a butterfly pattern but may be spotty. If you only have one spot and it is growing, you need to see a dermatologist and get a biopsy. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have melasma? How will I know if the dark spot on my face is melasma or just a sun spot? .

How can I tell if I have melasma? How will I know if the dark spot on my face is melasma or just a sun spot? .

Hormone related...: Melasma, chloasma, and the "mask of pregnancy" are all terms for facial pigmentation that is increased by the use of estrogen (in pregnancy, of course, the estrogen comes from the placenta). There are some bleaching creams that can help to decrease this appearance. See your doctor or dermatologist if you are concerned. Lgromkomd. ...Read more

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I had my TCA for almost 2 yrs now. But I lost my fair white skin. Now im suffering from redness and the mild black color on my face - melasma. Helpls.

I had my TCA for almost 2 yrs now. But I lost my fair white skin. Now im suffering from redness and the mild black color on my face - melasma. Helpls.

See a dermatologist: ???? TCA= tricyclic antidepressant???? Skin changes probably not related. Unfortunately you omit any details. Imipramine (which do you take?) may cause some subtle change of skin color in about 1 out of 20 people. ...Read more

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How to treat pregnancy mask that has not gone away or melasma on my face.

Melasma: There are several modalities to help with melasma. You can consider topical products, chemical peels, pill or laser treatments, ...Read more

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I have melasma spots all over my face from past pregnancy and bcp/hormones. Don't want retin-a or hydroquinone 2nd to chemicals. Any effective lasertx?

Various treatments: Melasma can be frustrating to have and a challenge to treat. Daily sun protection is important. Often the best results may occur by using a combination of treatments. These include topical treatments, peels and sometimes laser. Lasers can be helpful, but I recommend treatment with low energies, as higher energies can sometimes stimulate pigment worsening. Even when tx helps, recurrence is common. ...Read more

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Which type of laser therapy will you prefer for a 40yr female patient, came with melasma on her face for 8years. Tried medicine but not cured.

Which type of laser therapy will you prefer for a 40yr female patient, came with melasma on her face for 8years. Tried medicine but not cured.

See a dermatologist: Details matter. You fail to specify any detail about the "medicine". Prescription creams are more effective than laser for melasma. Typical approach is to use sunscreen every AM. At night she would apply a cream combining a retinoic acid, a low strength steroid, a hydroquinone, maybe others. Expect to do this for several months. It is less costly and more effective than laser. ...Read more

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Dear Doctor, I am suffering from Melasma on my face! Is it safe to use Meladerm? Is it going to be effective without giving any long term side effects

Dear Doctor, I am suffering from Melasma on my face! Is it safe to use Meladerm? Is it going to be effective without giving any long term side effects

Probably safe: Long-term side effects not an issue. But do not expect much benefit. There are products which are very effective. A dermatologist will help you. ...Read more

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Have melasma on my face bad, use 15% vit. C and retin A, when is it best to use vit C serum, I use retin A at night, or do I use both together. Tyvm?

Am: Retain a should be used at night, as you are doing. Vitamin c is best absorbed as the first thing that you put on your face after your shower. Always use sunscreen afterwards. You can also use it at night also if desired, but definitely in the morning. With melasma, there are commercial products known as "brighteners" which can also be of help to even skin tone. ...Read more

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I have melasma on my upper lip it's darker than my whole face it looks like I have a moustache what can I do any natural treatments? So stressed out

I have melasma on my upper lip it's darker than my whole face it looks like I have a moustache what can I do any natural treatments? So stressed out

Dermatologist: Schedule a visit with a cosmetic dermatologist. They can do some amazing things. Consider doing a private message to a healthtap dermatologist who can look at an image of your face and offer guidance. ...Read more

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Melasma I have an extreme case of melasma. I have used retin-a and hydroquinone for years and since I hit menopause it has dramatically worsened. I have been using mdsolarsciences SPF 50+ of late (everything else prior), SPF sun hat, and SPF face shield

Melasma I have an extreme case of melasma. I have used retin-a and hydroquinone for years and since I hit menopause it has dramatically worsened. I have been using mdsolarsciences SPF 50+ of late (everything else prior), SPF sun hat, and SPF face shield

Chronic: Chronic melasma is difficult to treat. I recommend elta md sunscreen (zinc oxide based), obagi (a skin care system that contains skin fading creams), retin-a, and a series of vitalize peels. Read more about obagi, vitalize peel, and elta md at the link below. I hope that helps a little! ...Read more

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Cyclic flush/heat in face with mild redness. Nose, forehead, cheeks, chin, nasolabial folds. Doc says not Rosacea yet. Uneven tone, as have Melasma too. Help?

Rosacea, I think?: Given your description, looks like you have rosacea. You amy want to consider seeing another doctor for a second opinion. You may also have an auto immune condition so for sure you should get another opinion. Melasma is very hard to treat. ...Read more

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Melasma or dark patches on face Showed many doctors nothing works Discolred chin area No rash Dry skin Age 42 Half uterus removed no period?

Melasma or dark patches on face Showed many doctors nothing works Discolred chin area No rash Dry skin Age 42 Half uterus removed no period?

You might consider..: Microneedling is the process where small needles are used to penetrate the epidermis and the dermis, creating micro pores that allow deeper application of certain topical medications, such as lightening agents. Some patients have had good results with evening out skin tone, reduction of fine lines/wrinkles, and even improvement of scars and stretch marks. ...Read more

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I have this dark area on my face that has been there since my last baby was born, three months ago. It won't go away. My mother says that it is mask of pregnancy and may never go away. Is that true?

Never Despair!: Working with an excellent cosmetologist or dermatologist, you will be pleasantly surprised that may no longer be true. So many new products and different type laser techniques -you may find excellent success. You may wish to try a tiny isolated area first to be "sure" that tissue reaction is not as bad as the "melasma". ...Read more

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First of all am thanking for your help. My question is I used dermovate cream for several years and I need to quit this cream, and I tried for weeks but my face look worse what can I do please help.

First of all am thanking for your help. My question is I used dermovate cream for several years and I need to quit this cream, and I tried for weeks but my face look worse what can I do please help.

Not for face: Clobetasol should not be used on the face. Sounds like you have a condition caused by steroid on the face. Technical term is "perioral dermatitis" or periorafacial dermatitis". It features red pimples with a narrow clear area around the mouth. Clobetasol makes it temporarily better but it rebounds worse. You will get worse until you stop it, even though it is worse when you first stop. Calcineurin ...Read more

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I used Dermovate on my face to get rid of black scars on my face. Now am all lighter than before and not in a uniform way. Please help?

I used Dermovate on my face to get rid of black scars on my face. Now am all lighter than before and not in a uniform way. Please help?

Strong: Dermovat is a strong steroid and should be avoided on the face. Best for scars is laser treatment. Your pigmentation should come back at least partially. Stay away from it on the face! ...Read more

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Hi doc, just want to ask if its good to continue use of dermovate cream for my face, I have some redness in my face and rashes.

Steroids on face: Usual recommendation is to avoid using steroids on face if possible, if needed used them only for short duration (unto 5 days) and after discussing with doctor as redness on face could be due to allergy, infection etc. ...Read more

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I used dermovate cream since 2012. Now my skin become sensitive when I stop this cream my face looks with red pimples and looks burned. So please help me how can I get good skin with out this cream help please?

I used dermovate cream since 2012. Now my skin become sensitive when I stop this cream my face looks with red pimples and looks burned. So please help me how can I get good skin with out this cream help please?

Second opinion: I routinely recommend discontinuing ineffective treatment. If you are having trouble with discontinuing and have underlying skin issues that could benefit from another cream, then a trusted dermatologist should be able to help. If you need a referral, ask people you know for the name of a dermatologist who will spend the time to discuss and explain their diagnosis/treatment/outcome expected. ...Read more

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Why haven't dermatologists been able to find a cure for melasma (i.E. What makes it so difficult to treat)?

Melasma: Melasma is from hormones and sun exposure. Since hormones are in your body all the time (you need them), it's impossible to "cure" melasma. You should protect from the sun and use fading agents, hydroquinone being the best. You can get significant improvement with treatment but a cure remains elusive. ...Read more

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Is there any topic cream in NZ to treat melasma? I am from South America where there are a lot of over the counter options, I haven't found any here.

Hydroxyquinone: Hydroquinone 2–4% as cream or lotion, applied accurately to pigmented areas at night for 2–4 months. This may cause contact dermatitis (stinging and redness) in 25% of patients.

Azelaic acid cream, lotion or gel can be applied twice daily long term, and is safe in pregnancy. This may also sting ...Read more

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Mask Of Pregnancy (Definition)

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