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Copper And Melasma
Paragard: Here is an excellent article by Mayo Clinic regarding possible problems: http://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/paragard/basics/risks/prc-20013048. Here is the company site: http://paragard.com/safety-and-side-effects.aspx. With symptoms of hair loss or fatigue - I would not assume that is related to the IUD. Your physician can assess to determine the cause of these sx's. ...Read more
Yes: Since iron is essential in maintaining healthy cells, skin, hair, and nails, a deficiency will affect these. The skin (generally more palor). Hair - brittle, hair loss, change in texture. Talk with your health care provider to be sure you are getting the proper amount of supplementation. ...Read more
Don't know : I cannot think of any particular white spots caused by birth control pills or sun exposure. Fungal infection spots don't tan and stay lighter than the surrounding skin, but they are not "benign" and need to be treated. You need to be seen to make sure there is nothing going on that needs to be treated. ...Read more
Best treatment for oily skin with mild acne and brown spots (post-acne), glycolic or alpha hydroxy products?
Could I use alpha hydroxy lotions and hydroquinone on black on brown spots on skin to lessen color? Does application of these cause more sensitivity
Yes: Yes and these can cause some irritation. ...Read more
Mycogel ( for seborrheic dermatitis ) that has zinc pilodate and copper can interact with salt water of the beach and harm my skin?
Unlikely: Sea water is not likely to interact with the medication, though it will wash it away and you may need to reapply the treatment. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more
See below: Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco in any form and do not take any more than one drink on a given day. But do not expect any of this to lighten your skin. ...Read more
Gluthatione as a skin lightening agent --- how effective is it. Taking to lighten my dark skin to make vitiligo patches blend better. Noticably light?
It's safe and worth : A try but no guarantees . Best wishes! http://m.Huffpost.Com/us/entry/530494 http://www.Glutathioneskinwhitening.Com/. ...Read more
Try other ways: There may never be a pill for this goal, but even if there ever is... The best ways would still be likely to include: healthy diet & adequate fluids, regular exercise, adequate sleep, regular moderate time in fresh air and sun, minimal exposure to pollution and chemicals. In other words - a healthy lifestyle &. Keeping your skin clean, gently buffed to remove dead cells and daily grime will do it! ...Read more
Do acne scars fade and flatten out with time and Glycolic acid peels? Both hyper pigmentation and light indentation.
Can perilla oil help my brain with omega 3(chronic fatigue) and moisture the skin of my face(affected by abnormal photosensitivity - no vit a and d)?
Probably not: There are many claims on the advertisements for omega-3 fatty acids, and for supplements that contain them. Until there is some research from multiple scientists showing that the supplement helps in your particular condition, just presume that the claims are merely guesses or possibilities... So most likely, the supplements won't cause any noticeable benefit when taken orally. ...Read more
Yes: Skinoren is Azelaic Acid and triacneal is retinaldehyde; both are good choices especially if topical benzoyl peroxide is too rough. This should be plenty for mild acne; if you're not clear in two weeks, or if it's on your trunk, get with your personal physician who can add something a little stronger. ...Read more
Is hydroquinone safe to use on the skin? I'm looking to lighten acne spots and discoloration on my face, saw some creams in store with hydroquinone.
YES: this product is safe in moderation: always use only a thin film of cream and apply it 1-2 times daily. ...Read more
Vitamin c and skin: Vitamin c is good for skin and help improve its color and texture. Some patients with vitamin c deficiency develop skin rashes, itching, mouth, teeth, gum problems as it is a vital part of connective tissues and replacement can help. Similarly it helps improve anemia and improve oxygenation to skin and other vital organs. Can it help with hyper pigmentation and melasma, yes so go for it! ...Read more
Embrace who you are: You're in your physical prime and the last thing you need is to let somebody make you unhappy over the color that nature and your genes gave you. Nothing's going to make your skin "glow" -- that's language from ads targeting suckers. Diet won't change your skin color, if you try bleaches you can disfigure yourself, and 95% of a man's looks are about fitness. Lance Gross (photo) isn't complaining. ...Read more
How will a small dose of Aldactone (spironolactone) affect my estrogen and progesterone while in perimenopause? I have acne and facial hair and pms.
Aldactone (spironolactone): Aldactone (spironolactone) has antiandrogenic effect so helps with facial hair and acne. It also has Progesterone like effects so can cause more menstrual irregularities peri menopause with breast tenderness! It also has a very low estrogen like effect which is generally not clinically significant! ...Read more
Doubtful: You should see your doctor for evaluation and management. ...Read more
None: Melasma is a darkening of the skin that occurs on the cheek bones, nose, forehead.. It is not associated with any pain, itching or swelling. It can be distressing because it appears unsightly. It is can be caused by sun damage, hormones in birth control pills and hormone replacement therapy. It can become worse in pregnancy. Tretinoin, skin peels or laser treatments may help improve appearance. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Melasma: Melasma is diagnosed through its visual signs & personal history. A dermatologist may look at your skin under a device called wood's light. In some cases, rarely melasma may look like another skin condition, in which case the dermatologist may perform a biopsy and send it to a lab for diagnostic evaluation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Please see: Please see your dermatologist for evaluation and to discuss treatment options. There are several. ...Read more
Not really: Epiduo is a combination of benzoyl peroxide and adapalene. While it is an excellent choice for acne, and the Adapalene may slightly help to lighten discolored skin, it is not a treatment for melasma. Melasma is a patchy discoloration in the skin that results from hormonal fluctuations and sun exposure. It is best treated with fading creams, chemical peels, sunscreen, and sun avoidance. ...Read more
Melasma cure?: Melasma is very challenging to treat and there is no cure. The goal is pigment control. Combination therapy is the typical strategy. Peels, topicals and laser treatments may be used to reduce pigment deposits. Daily spf use cannot be overstated. Consult with a facial cosmetic surgeon or dermatologist that specializes in treatment of melasma and other pigment disorders for a regimen that's best. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Zinc or titanium: We can't recommend specific products on HealthTap. However, the best sunscreen for melasma is something with zinc or titanium oxide, the more, the better. These are physical blockers that will not break down when exposed to sunlight. Other types of sunblock can break down in sunlight, leaving you without protection. ...Read more
Many txs: There are several types of tx for melasma. Need to determine the cause. Should see dermatologist. Some otc creams that may be effective as well as a few rx creams. Also laser tx. Quite often hormones may play a role in development. Sunlight may worsen the condition as well. It's best to be thoroughly evaluated before commencing tx. ...Read more
Does to some extent: Doctors use Kojic acid by itself or along with other medicines to lighten the skin to some or great extent. ...Read more
Peels, laser: Bleaching creams are helpful, but a combination treatment may be needed combining laser with a q switched yag and bleaching cream. A newer non irritating bleaching products obtains coffeberry extract revaleskin for people sensitive to hydroquinone. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
A difficult problem : Melasma is one of the more difficult skin conditions to treat. There are skin lighteners, lasers and other topical treatments which can help lighten the skin overtime. However, effects of hormones and ultraviolet light are constantly working against you to lay pigment down in the skin. Whatever method you use, make sure you were wearing the highest SPF sunscreen every day. ...Read more
Pigment change: Melasma is a pigment change that is affects many layers of the skin and usually is related to hormonal imbalances. It can occur in all ethnic groups, it is treated with skin lightners such as hydroquinone 4%, vitamin c/kojic acid, retin-a, lasers and peels like the melange peel. Avoiding the sun, using SPF can help. Adding vitamin d helps since you limit your sun exposure. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
The: The exact cause of melasma is still unknown, however researchers theorize that melasma occurs as a result of the color-making skin cells (melanocytes) producing too much color or melanin resulting in patchy discoloration. There are also genetic and other predispositions that are the cause. Common triggers of melasma include extended sun exposure, estrogen supplements, birth control pills, and pregnancy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Great question: A tough but good question. It is thought to be caused by the stimulation of melanocytes or pigment-producing cells estrogen and progesterone. This can cause those cells to produce more melanin pigment when the skin is exposed to sun. Pregnancy can trigger this as can the use of birth control pills. It is a frustrating condition to have and to try and treat as there are no guaranteed treatments. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
May lighten some: Melasma is a discoloration of the skin that comes from a combination of hormonal fluctuations and sun exposure. It is extremely frustrating because it can be faded with fading creams, sun screen, sun shielding, and chemical peels, but it will recur with minimal sun exposure. It sometimes lightens without treatment over time if it occurs during pregnancy. ...Read more
Combination: This is difficult to totally eradicate but a combination of microdermabrasion followed by laser with home treatment with bleaching agents offers a good option to sognificantly decrease melasma. Another option is the medium strength vi peel which can improve melasma within one week. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer