How can I cover up melasma?

I have a question regarding melasma. I have a skin care routine using many of the products you recommend and wear sunscreen religiously. Unfortunately the dark spots on my upper lip, cheeks and forehead are still noticeable. I am chaperoning a group of teens on a beach vacation. There will be a group of parents I don't know very well and I am very anxious about my melasma-esp on my upper lip-when it flares, it looks like I have a mustache. I wondering if a professional type spray tan on my face will help disguise my issues. I use the tinted Elta MD sunscreen and sometimes the Colorscience powder (although I am not real crazy about it)and wear a big floppy hat. This routine is acceptable for being around close friends and family but I really want something with some real coverage so I can relax and enjoy myself and maybe take a dip in the ocean and not constantly worry about what I look like . Thanks so much for your advice!

My heart goes out to you on this one –  it’s such a bad feeling to be self-conscious when you want to focus on other people or just enjoying yourself!  Also, you are helping yourself by being so careful with your sunscreen and hats.   Sunscreens that help with melasma.

A couple of ideas for you.  Yes, usually the self-tanners will help camoflauge it a bit.  Try it ahead of time though and make sure.

Also, Colorescience has a new color corrector compact which we will carry on SkinTour soon that has 5 different shades for covering blue, red, brown and yellow with a tiny brush all in one.  Good for the times you are not in the water!

Also, a patient of mine recently told me that Mac (the cosmetic company – Nordstrom and others carry it), has a line of makeup that really covers and stays on for covering birthmarks, and for use by transgender or transvestites needing extra coverage that really stays on.  You might go to them and see if they can help you with this.   What you really need is makeup that wears more like theater makeup! 

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Dr. Brandith Irwin, MD

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