Hi there, I too am 35 and suffer from melasm. Even though I have tried everything. Micro derm, peals, laser, Lotions potions, prayer even gse after reading up on line about it. I think I finaly found something that is working. As I am sure you know melasm is cause by several different things. And I was guity of all of them. Birth control "nuvaring" 7yrs, Sun worshiper, and I was a compulsive picker. Most of us dont like to admit that but its true. I would sit infront of the mirror for atleast 30 minutes a day and sqeeze pluck and scrape!!! After almost throwing in the towel I had an idea. Hyperpigmentation of the skin can be cause by fungus and I figured hmmm maybe because I pick constantly I am making the fungus spread. So I stopped picking. This is very difficult. So I only pick at stuff that is right there and noticable. Then I went to my local drug store and picked up anti fungal cream. I figured ahh it can't hurt. I dont think we can say brands on here but its for athletes foot. YES people foot cream. It may sound gross but its working. I am also taking gse, msm, zinc, vitamin c and milk thisle.
1) clean face with mild cleaner.
2) Sun screen, make sure it contains zinc spf30 or higher
3)apply mineral makeup and go off to work
4)9am on an empty stomack take 1000mgs of MSM and 1000mgs of vitamin C
MSM works best when taking with vitamin c so take them at the same time.
5)about half hour before lunch I take GSE grape fruit seed extract. NOT grape seed extract. This tastes terrible so I fill up empty capsules and pop it like any other vitamin. You can buy the empties in any vitamin shop. I take 1 capsules filled with gse 3 times a day. 20 drops in each one. I take them randomly.
6)right before bed I clean my face with clarisonic brush and then apply the athletes foot cream.
7)I take 100mgs of zinc right before bed. Its most effective not taken or eated with pills or foods containing large amounts of copper.
My melasma has been clearing up. Not lightening but acually dissapearing. I had it all over. Above my eyes, cheeks, chin, upper lip, chest arms yada yada. It isn't really dark patches but it was everywhere. Now the patches are breaking up I have a 2 inch spot on my right eye that is normal now. And it the middle if the dark patches I see normal skin coming back. I can not believe it. I am not sure if it is the combination of things or just the foot cream. But I started to see a major difference with the cream. I cant believe it after ten thousand bucks in treatments and products a ten dollar tube of foot cream is the answer. I do believe that my melasma has something to do with possible harboring extra copper which also causes melasma. Zinc offsets the copper and milk thisle cleans the liver. Hense the zinc at night and I pop a milk thisle sometime during the day. Sorry people about my crappy spelling. I didnt proof read.*Edit by Mod*