Treatment for melasma is not working!

Hi doctor, I have melsma on my nose and I hve been using retinol .25 percent from 1 yesr on my cheek and nose it has still not disappear. I was advised to use melalite for 2 months and after stopping that melsma showed up again. I am so dissappointed rigjt now. So I have picked up one cream which has glycloic acid 10 percent and hydroqunin and kijic acid 2 percent. I used it over night and it turned my skin bleeding red in morning. Please let me know what should I do to get rid of this melsma also for how many hours I should use this new cream. I also have one more question since bI want to start planning my pregnancy from next year then how early should I stop using these acids on face....plzzzzz help...thanks a million in advance

Please read these 3 sections first.  They will answer most of  your questions.

  1. Melasma
  2. Pigment problems
  3. Hydroquinones

Please remember that not all brown spots on the face are melasma.  Some people develop more pigment from irritation from hydroquinones and other medications.  Also, please see a dermatologist if you haven’t already done so –  the right diagnosis is crucial for treatment to work.


Dr. I


Read more in our article Melasma in Depth.

Dr. Brandith Irwin, MD

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