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?