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I have been battleing dermal melasma for about 3 years. Originaly I tried all the over the counter creams with hydroqnone (spelling?) but they did nothing. My doctor also had me try some chemical peels which only made my skin red. She used a special lamp and told me that the pigment in my skin is dermal which means deep in the skin.

Has anyone else been diagnosed with dermal melasma? Is there any hope?
 

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I have been battleing dermal melasma for about 3 years. Originaly I tried all the over the counter creams with hydroqnone (spelling?) but they did nothing. My doctor also had me try some chemical peels which only made my skin red. She used a special lamp and told me that the pigment in my skin is dermal which means deep in the skin.

Has anyone else been diagnosed with dermal melasma? Is there any hope?
hello marther i to have melasma on my upper lip area and chin area very embarrasing looks like iv got a mistash lol iv tryed lots of diff creams and stuff over the years and nothing has worked so far .just make shure you wear plenty of sun cream to stop it getting any darker ..iv also just started using bio oil it doesnt claim to get rid of it but hopfully fade it some ...il keep ya posted on my progress and chin up hun
 

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Thanks for your help. Can I ask you what products have you tried? Hvae you tried anything from the doctor?
 

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no iv not tryed anything from docs just fade cream and lemon and iv just bought some bio oil wich says helps reduce the apperence of dark pigmentation .but iv read up a lot on many websites and ppl say thers not really alot you can do for it and im not to keen to try peels exct appart from making shure you were plenty of sun cream which i do and i have noticed by doing this... it hasnt got any darker this summer which is good as i hate having it .it just looks like i have a moustach i try cover up with makeup but you can still see it .il try get sum pics done so you can see what mine looks like xx
 

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hi susan is this product triluma for melsam or dark pigmentaion ??have you tryed it if so what results did you get ?
You can get some information at their website Tri-Luma. Or you can ask your doctor about it.

I have not tried it yet, but I am thinking about it. It uses a chemical called hydroquinone to bleach the skin. If you have dark skin, hydroquinone is not recommended.
 

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You can get some information at their website Tri-Luma. Or you can ask your doctor about it.

I have not tried it yet, but I am thinking about it. It uses a chemical called hydroquinone to bleach the skin. If you have dark skin, hydroquinone is not recommended.
why is it not recommended for dark skin? By dark skin, how dark do you mean? is it because it won't lighten or something? I'm using it and it works but i intend to stop bcuz of so many bad things i have read about it.
 

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This is correct, the reason why it might be banned by the FDA soon
I use oriki whitening serum for uneven skin tone, it is supposed to help melasma
 

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This is just a little lesson for all of you girls...hydroquinone has been taken off the market in Europe due to the fact that it has been said it causes cancer. United States is of course behind in everything, but they are working on taking it off the market here as well. I have even heard that it was taken off the market here (but that was just here say). There are other ingredients that work wonders for treating Dermal Melasma, kojic acid and glycolic acid together. Jan Marini has a Lightening Gel that has both ingredients in it and it really works-but it doesn't work over night!!!!
 

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Jean.. you really need to quit it with your constant oriki advertisements.
 

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Hydroquinone formula is still on the market
you just have to look at the ingredients when you buy
Additional use of Glycolic Acid products does help
 

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I have olive (Italian) skin. TriLuma helped me lighten the spots, but it won't make it go away. Use lots of sunscreen.
 

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Hi,
I have the same problem. I'm 46, and for more than 5 years I have been struggling with melasma. Started with a little dark spot on my cheeks and now I have it all over my face. I don't smoke or drink, a practice yoga 3 times a weak, eat a good diet and I have never taken birth control pills or had kids. Two years ago I had a copper IUD removed which I used for 7 years. I don't know if copper is related to melasma problem but since the melasma started approximately the time when I had the IUD, I asked my doctor to check the copper level in my system.

I little info about my journey with doctors.
I started with dermatologist which didn't help me at all. I had 4 chemical peelings, used Tri-Luma cream, cover my face with sun block like a crazy woman, and off course avoid sun exposure forever - no results, just spend my money and time. My melasma got a little bit lighter and in a couple weeks came back the same way it was. I realized that my problem is more complicated and my dermatologist told me to find an endocrinologist. Next doctor that I visited was my gynecologist no help, she didn't care. Now I am trying an endocrinologist. So far I have been tested for thyroid and, adrenal problems. These tests came back normal and I didn't get my melasma problem fixed. Now, I asked my doctor to have a more complex adrenal test (the one you have to use contrast intravenously). I also asked to check the levels of copper in my system and a thyroid auto-immunity test. I am not looking for a cosmetic solutions but the root cause of my melasma problem. I will let you know about my results...
 

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Be careful with tri-luma! I started with dermatologist which didn't help me at all. I had 4 chemical peelings, used Tri-Luma cream, cover my face with sun block like a crazy woman, and off course avoid sun exposure forever - no results, just spend my money and time. My melasma got a little bit lighter and in a couple weeks came back the same way it was. I realized that my problem is more complicated and my dermatologist told me to find an endocrinologist.
 

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I would be very careful when considering laser treatment of melasma or hyperpigmentation. It can make it worse. You really need to be treated by a skilled physician who is familiar with pigment problems. I can say that Obagi Nu-derm can make a big difference with hyperpigmented skin. I think this program works so much better than TRILUMA. The clear and blender are great products that are not as irritating to the skin as Triluma.
 

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I have been suffering with dark pigmentation for the last 2.5 yrs. Initally it was on my neck and then it spreak on my cheak and now it nearly cover my face. I am of asian skin colour (olive skin colour) but now i am a lot darker than my orginal colour. I have been to the dermatologist and had all the test done and they cannot find anything wrong with me. I do get hot flush around 5pm everday in the afternoon and it lasted around half hour. I am sure my skin got darker due to this flusshing. I am thirty nine and have never used birth control. I am so unhappy with my life and feel that there is no hope...

I have tried glycolic peeling (very mild), AHA peeling (Mild) and recenty have been using the OBagi Nu Derm... I have stated using it for the last two weeks and cannot see any improvement.. the skin however got darket but i was told that i need to give it time. I am worried that it might make it worst but iwas assured by the doctor that itwill work. My question is to anyone out there who have used this cream to let me know the process. I want to keep it up but worry that it will make it worst. I use the clear, blender with trenotine (speeling??) and at night and during the day instead of te blender i use the exfoloiate nuderm and sun protection. I am really scare about this but i feel this is my last chance before accepting this condition. i am not even sure if it is melasma!

Please anyone there help if you can.
 

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Hi Yasmin

I don't think by what you have written it is Rosacea. I'd like to know how old you are. If you are going through the memopause then it is quite pobably you are experiencing some hot flushes. I have been using a wow product for this which has helped many of my clients. We like to call it HRT in a bottle as it mimics oestrogen. It's called Vitage Phytoestrogen gel and gives a cooling effect on the skin cooling down any heat from your face and neck. The only contra-indications I would say is that if you have had or suffering from cancer or breast cancer you cannot use this because of the oestrogen this product mimics. You cannot use this if you are lactating either or if you are pregnant for obvious reasons. Due to the amount of products which have been precribed by your dermatologist it sounds as though whilst using these products it has somehow over stimulated your melanocyte cell and now it you have a pigmentation mark on your face. For this I would suggest either getting onto a strict program of idebenone (do not use hydroquinone) this is because idebenone has clinical papers to prove it. I would also stay away from TCA peels as this also takes toal on your skin. Idebenone even tones AHA gentle facial cleanser (which contains 14% lactic acid amongst other ingredients) will help to hydrate your skin and also start the exfoliation process from the inside out. It will take at least 6months to 1 year to correct. The other products I would suggest is PRIORI Coffeeberry. This deals with polyphenal anti-oxidants and also deals with pigmentation. Please think about this before you go down the route of having an obagi peel as you will be having down time of at least 6 -9 months and all you will be able to use is AHA barrier repair for it's healing properties. This is the very last option to be taken and it shouldn't be taken lightly. You may wish to think about omnilux revive & Plus but I would ask your dermatologist first about contra-indications. Peels would also benefit you but the strictest of causion when getting them has to be taken. I deal with alot of pigmentation and melasma problems in my salon and I need to stress how important the way I work on my clients, that they have to trust me. We cannot charge in and do big treatments which might not be required but as many people now wish to get rid of problems instantly and aren't prepared to work to get rid of it. There are no such things as instant results. It will take time.

Hope this helps you out.
 
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