Whew…it’s a little tough to see these pictures of my face. And super scary to post them online. But, I’ve come a long way in my battle against melasma and if my routine can help just one more person, I’d feel pretty happy about that.
Melasma is a terrible beast that can crush self-esteem. Since it’s caused by a trifecta of hormones, sun exposure, and heat, it can be difficult to treat and it’s impossible to cure. As my dermatalogist told me, “this is part of you now, it will never go away.”
A self-named skincare fanatic, I take my daily skincare routine very seriously. My first pregnancy with my son resulted in melasma, which is technically incurable. My second pregnancy with my daughter brought on uncontrollable acne, which resulted in more hyperpigmentation from acne scars. Needless to say, an even skin tone was not something I had, and I badly wanted to bring it back.
Treating melasma and hyperpigmentation is not a sprint; it’s a marathon. Since melasma is technically incurable, the best anyone can hope for is to lighten it up and prevent it from coming back. Below is the routine I used to lighten my melasma. While I’m not yet at my goal of erasing all my acne scars, I’m much closer thanks to this routine. You can read how I maintain my skin during the winter months (aka melasma off-season) in Daily Skincare Routine for Acne & Wrinkles.
Preventing melasma from returning requires strict use of a high-quality sunscreen, physical protection like a hat, and general avoidance of the sun. For someone born and raised in Arizona, this was a hard reality for me to accept. I love the sun and spent many years trying my best to achieve that perfect glow. These days you will always spot me in a large-brimmed hat and sunglasses. I don’t care if it makes me look like an old lady; sun protection now reigns supreme in my household.
Results After One Month
Results After 1+ Year
The routine below follows my Daily Skincare Routine Basics, which is why you’ll see it broken down into 4 parts. In addition to my daily routine, I began doing at-home chemical peels in mid-2020 and I believe these really helped take my battle against melasma to the next level. You can read more in my post on How to Master At-Home Chemical Peels.
Toner | Biologique Recherche P50 PIGM 400| this is considered a cult favorite and holy grail in the beauty world. It exfoliates and tones all in one, which I love, and this formula is meant to tackle stubborn melasma and hyperpigmentation. BR is super particular about their products so P50 can only be purchased from a licensed vendor. Reach out if you need one.
Essence & Treatment | Eucerin Anti-Pigment Dual Serum | this serum contains Eucerin’s patented Thiamidol, which works like hydroquinone without potential cancer-causing side effects. It also contains hyaluronic acid to support healthy hydration.
Eye Cream | Platinum Skin Care Eye Duo Kit | targeted eye therapy to help w/ bags, circles, wrinkles and loose skin (eye lids)
- AM: Eucerin Anti-Pigment Day SPF | A light moisturizer that contains Eucerin’s patented Thiamidol, which works like hydroquinone without potential cancer-causing side effects.
- PM: Eucerin Anti-Pigment Night | A night-time moisturizer that still contains Thiamidol.
Sun Protection | EltaMD UV Physical Tinted Face Sunscreen (AM only)| I love this sunscreen and will probably use it for the rest of my life.
Results will take time to achieve, so I encourage you to hang in there and give this routine at least 1 month. I would love to hear how you skin progress, so please comment below! We are #BetterTogether and I’m here to help consult if you feel a little lost while on this journey. I sure know I felt that way when my skin wasn’t at its best. Hang in there! Oh, and I always encourage people to take ‘before’ pictures so you can really see your progress.
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