I came back from a trip to Hawaii this summer a total mess after having previously attempting, with some success, to bleach my melasma off. I felt like I looked like a freak. Well, 4 glycolic acid peels (40%) and the use of a product with 20% vitamin C on a daily basis and I am brown-spot free! No joke. However, I know that, since I have this condition, like diabetes (which I also have), it is to be controlled, not cured. I will continue to do the peels now at a rate of one per month versus once every two weeks for the initial four. I never thought that my skin could look like this. I can even get away with just using a tinted moisturizer instead of a ton of heavy-coverage make-up. I did not do the peels at home, I did have them done at a plastic surgeon's office. I also think that I am going to try a 50% peel the next time. So, I wanted to provide folks with my two cents on dealing with this difficult condition. I struggle with the melasma on my cheeks, but it extends all the way from the upper jaw to my temple on both sides.