Dermatology Q&A: Tips for treating melasma

Cosmetic Dermatologist, Dr. Rashmi Shetty, expert advisor with Parachute Advansed Knowledge Center answers readers’ questions on skin care. Get your doubts cleared and see them featured on our FAQ page every fortnight.

This week’s answers:

I am 21 Year Old & suffering from pimples since last four years & I have oily skin Too, after having the complete treatment of two dermatologists I still have this problem. So what I need to do now.

Arpit Gupta

Dear Arpit, , it is important that you look up a doctor who will examine your hormones , just to make sure they are not playing up for this repeated resistant acne, check your scalp for dandruff, use a medicated shampoo every day for the next 15 days . During this do not forget to oil your hair with a light oil like coconut based hair oil all along the hair till the tips , do not massage your scalp though. First measure is to use a right face wash … Try something with neem or tea tree oil or salicylic acid. Wash 3 times a day . Use a benzoyl peroxide cream at night on top of a very light moisturizing milk . But visiting a doctors is a must . Take care

Hi, my name is Desiree Jimenez and I am 27. I have been suffering from melasma for the past four years. At first it was only on my cheeks, but now I see it on my forehead and slightly on my upper lip too. I have tried peels, lasers, and expensive hydroquinone creams from the doc. I know it’s probably some sort of internal imbalance…any ideas? Thanks! Also, I am of Hispanic heritage.

Desiree Jimenez

Dear Desiree, melasma is a difficult one to even lighten let alone treat. So just a few tips to keep to under control and light… Make sure you have no heat on your face ever .. Even if you were to expose your self to heat or face going red wash with cold water and apply a cooling lotion .. Like calamine or ruscus extract or fillers earth … That calms your skin and acts like an anti inflammatory … Then sunscreen during the day and skin lightening creams at night is imperative… Among office procedures you could try Q switched Nd Yag 1064 at low fluency .

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