1 year later and it is gone!

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    1 year later and it is gone!

    I wanted to come on here and share my story. I got a very bad case of melasma after being put on anti seizure medicine last summer for a twitching nerve above my eye. Apparently certain anti seziure meds can make you very sensative to sunlight and it brought out melasma in me very badly on my forehead and two patches underneath both eyes on my face. I only took the medicine for 2 weeks but one day after taking it for about 10 days I came home from being out at the pool and looked in the mirror and wanted to die. I couldnt imagine how I was going to go on in life with this seemingly permanent discoloration all over my normally clear face. I was 28 and devestated. I paid out of pocket to go to 4 different derms who just recomended peels that would cost over 500 dollars. Thankfully I did not do them. I got a presecription for tri luma but after reading some not so great things about it online, never used it. I tried taking tons of vitamin c and zinc etc and put every vitamin c serum and skin lightener on my face that I could find. None of it seemed to make a huge difference. Ive always been a healthy eater but about 6 months into the melasma I stopped eating gluten, dairy, added sugars and soy and really stuck to eating fruits, vegetables, turkey/chicken/fish, oatmeal, natural granola bars, etc. Slowly over time the melasma faded and now its been 12 months and all that is left is the faintest trace. I think that in my case it was simply time and strict diet that reversed mine. I never went outside once i had melasma because i was so scared of making it worse and im a marathon runner so it was torture to be on a treadmill inside every day. However, ive been back to running outside the past few months and have even gone to the beach and the sunlight has not made the melasma return. I moisturizer with spf 30 in it every day under my makeup without fail, even in the winter. Honestly I think this is key too. I hope my story can possibly help someone!

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    Congratulation shellys18!! I'm so happy for you! I am 4 months into getting melasma and I'm completely freaked out. I was given triluma as well but stopped after 2 weeks because the overall condition of my skin looked worse - dry, sickly, etc. Now, I'm popping supplements and scouring the Internet for any natural remedy. I love your story and hope it is my story one day! Best wishes for your future

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    aw thank you! but trust me I have been wheree you are. I spent so many nights crying myself to sleep over it. Nothing I tried worked. Looking back I think all I can say is please be religious about wearing a moisturizer under your makeup every day with spf 30 as well as sunscreen over top when in the sun directly. Also, try to eliminate processed foods and soy etc. I think all of that can really affect hormones etc so give it a try. And for all I read about tri luma, I do think we are better off not using it. Just give it time...it took mine a year and even though theres just a tiny slight trace. Be patient and I do think it will clear up

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    Amen to the sunscreen, I do the same, double up with some under make up and on top. I have an active 7 year old boy who plays sports, walks, hiking, beach etc. it's been so hard to skip events or sit far away under the shade with a hat. I wants to kick melasma's *** so I cen get back to enjoying life! I appreciate your positivity, it's contagious. Take care!

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    how did yours start? i know a lot of women get it from birth control. You will have to update with any progress on here! If you ever feel down about it you can least know that I would call up my mom and cry my eyes out swearing no man would marry me with a completely discolored face! I do not think any case of it is permanent so hang in there and try to cure it from the inside out with diet etc. Stay encouraged!!

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