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    Do any of you have melasma? Melasma is darker patches of skin (like about freckle darkness) that show up on the face (often cheek or upper lip) and are worsened by exposure to the sun. They are most often caused by hormonal changes from pregnancy or birth control pills (although in my case, it's neither).

    For the last three years or so, I have had a small patch on my upper lip that I can cover during the winter but which gets darker during the summer. It is difficult to properly cover with makeup. I religiously use sunscreen year round, but any sun exposure brings it out. I use fading stuff on that area with hydroquinine (I think that's the name) in it throughout the year, but sun is a killer.

    If anyone has any good ideas for prevention or better masking it, that would be much appreciated!

    I don't like the consistency of a lot of the heavy duty makeup out there for covering up birthmarks etc (plus it's hard to buy on the internet because you don't know what colour you are really getting.) The internet reviews on it give conflicting opinions and they don't sell any in my area. I've heard that purplish corrective makeup with neutralize browns, but again, I haven't seen any sold other than very light lavendar pancake stuff at a store like Sephora and it doesn't do the trick.

    Also: Should I worry that my hormones are going haywire if there are no obvious reasons like pregnancy or BC that would induce melasma?

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    Peacebaby just suggested that Vit K cream (and possibly Vitamin C) also help. I already wear Vitamin C powder mixed with my sunscreen. Has anyone else tried Vitamin K?

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    Yeah, this is something I've had trouble with for several years. It takes a real sunblock for this stuff. What's on the market is junk. I've never found anything that covers mine up successfully but I'm pretty lazy in the makeup department.

    If anyone comes up with something then I'd love to hear about it.
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    Oh and I might add too that I buy a special sunscreen for the face specifically ... always more than SPF 30.
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    The best high SPF face stuff I've found that doesn't pill under foundation is the face cream from Neutrogena. If you guys have founds something that is an even better consistency (especially with makeup), tell me!

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    Have you seen a dermatologist at all? Just one visit sometimes can do a world of good.

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    In Canada we're lucky if we can even see a GP. They will not refer you unless there is something really screwed up with your skin (ie cancer, stuff steroids won't banish, horribly chronic scarring acne). If we do get referred there is a 2 month to year and a half long wait for most specialists. (BTW Americans - don't go with publicly funded healthcare unless you have a lot of doctors waiting in the wings. We've already bled South Africa dry!)

    I've always been fascinated with women's magazines that talk about seeing your dermatologist. I would kill to do that!

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    Have any of you ever tried TiSilc sunscreen? I've heard it recommended in several places but it's a little pricey - about $35 for four ounces.

    I was reading a little more on a website and they suggested that antibiotics can trigger melasma or hyperpigmentation. Also thyroid or certain mineral/vitamin excesses or definciencies. Too much estrogen also seems to be an issue so eating plant based foods (which neutralize estrogen) and losing weight (fat produces more estrogen) also appear to help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fidelia View Post
    In Canada we're lucky if we can even see a GP. They will not refer you unless there is something really screwed up with your skin (ie cancer, stuff steroids won't banish, horribly chronic scarring acne). If we do get referred there is a 2 month to year and a half long wait for most specialists. (BTW Americans - don't go with publicly funded healthcare unless you have a lot of doctors waiting in the wings. We've already bled South Africa dry!)

    I've always been fascinated with women's magazines that talk about seeing your dermatologist. I would kill to do that!
    OT, but this is what I'm worried about. I have friends in the UK and Australia with similar stories, re: national healthcare.

    I love my moisturizer from Bath and Body Works. It has SPF 30, and works beautifully under makeup. (I do have dry skin, though.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by fidelia View Post
    I use fading stuff on that area with hydroquinine (I think that's the name) in it throughout the year, but sun is a killer.
    I don't have melasma, but be careful about that hydroquinine stuff. I've heard it may cause cancer (not that just about anything these days doesn't cause cancer, but heads up).

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