> I have a very good friend who is Hispanic and they,
> unfortunately, are very prone to melasma. She even
> had to go off of birth c pills as that makes the
> problem worse. She ended up going to a derm here in
> town (where we have a high Hispanic population) and
> he gave her a retinol/hydroquinone/vit c cream that
> he actually developed himself. It worked wonders for
> completely getting rid of hers and what was even more
> impressive was that it kept the melasma from coming
> back, which is no small feat considering we have
> sunshine 90% of the time here (desert SW) She also
> wears sunscreen religiously as well.
> If none of the suggestions already made work, you
> might consider having him see a derm that specializes
> in cosmetic issues (not all derms do, by any means)
> It is not uncommon for many derms to have a local
> l pharmacy create their own formulas for melasma, as
> well as other skin issues.
> She had very noticeable melasma on the entire left
> side of her face and it was barely visible within
> just a few months.
> Just a thought if all else fails that you and your DH
> would like an option for not remaining on
> hydroquinone for long periods of time. Sunscreen is
> absolutely essential too, for not increasing the
> intensity, as well as protecting the skin while
> trying to get rid of it ~
> True melasma can be pretty tough for many OTC
> products although some do have some luck with them.
> My friend did not so she turned to a dermatologist
> t for treatment with great success ~
> Edited by wackers at 01/10/2010 8:40 PM PST
Melasma has been such a struggle for me. I've had only fair results with rx hyrdoquinone such as Tri-Luma. I've had a little better result with Obagi Clear. However, I have done laser, IPL, OTC, etc. This seems to be an endless battle for me, about 3 years now and the melasma on my cheekbones and chin is only about 50% better. I'd love the name of your friend's derm. Maybe I could contact him/her or maybe my derm could. I live in Memphis so an office visit would be out of the question. I'd appreciate any info you can provide. Thanks.
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