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The skin above my upper lip has darkened like a mustache w/o hair: why? How can I fix it? I'm really self-conscious about it.
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Dr. Jennifer Haley
Dermatology
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In brief: Likely melasma
You are describing melasma, although i cannot be 100% certain without proper evaluation.
Associated with hormones (pregnancy, birth control) and 100% sun. You must wear sunscreen with > 5% zinc oxide and or titanium dioxide and reapply throughout the day. Avoid heat on face directly, too. Many bleaching creams work well with the sun protection. I get great results with obagi nuderm system.

In brief: Likely melasma
You are describing melasma, although i cannot be 100% certain without proper evaluation.
Associated with hormones (pregnancy, birth control) and 100% sun. You must wear sunscreen with > 5% zinc oxide and or titanium dioxide and reapply throughout the day. Avoid heat on face directly, too. Many bleaching creams work well with the sun protection. I get great results with obagi nuderm system.
Dr. Jennifer Haley
Dr. Jennifer Haley
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Dr. Slade Suchecki
Family Medicine
In brief: Consider
Consider ipl or laser treatment.

In brief: Consider
Consider ipl or laser treatment.
Dr. Slade Suchecki
Dr. Slade Suchecki
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Dr. Jennifer Haley
I tried IPl on myself 10 yrs ago when I had this, looked great for 2 weeks then recurred horribly. Melas a is a dynamic unpredictable pigmentation which tends to respond best to sun avoidance, bleaching creams with retinoids, and chemical peels (series of milder peels)
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