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Lighten My Skin

Ok I have tried ALOT of stuff and my husband has been very pateint but this is getting exspensive.. While I was pregnant my skin looked great then a week after she came the skin below my nose and above my lip(I guess the upper lip-part you wax) turned dark. Then I got back on birth control and it got even darker. I stopped taking the bc and it is not getting better. I have roscea(red skin) and I use metrogel for that-which does not help and I have a lightener that my doctor perscribed for my lip but I have used it over 4 months and it is not getting better. I been to a dermotologist but he is out of bussiness now and he gave me the metrogel and my insurnace does not cover dermo.(go figure) anyway I have used Clinque roscea and over the counter products for lightening but have not had any success. please help.. any ideas.. I hate the way I look....

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I highly suggest you look into the Obagi product line.

The first 3 weeks remove the old skin layers, but after that, you skin will be amazing. My dermatologist put me on this before I got married and at 35, I had the skin of a 20 year old in my pics.

GL!

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Tina -- I've never had a problem with pregnancy mask, but do have roscea, and Arbonne Skin Care has helped me a great deal. It keeps my redness soothed, and I've had no bumps nor breakouts. If you'd like to try a 3-day sample pack, please e-mail me at ____@____.com

Good luck to you!!
A.

I had the same problem after my 2nd pregnancy. The only way to get rid of it is to wear sunscreen every day, even when it's cloudy. Just 15 min out in the sun without it & mine starts darkening again. And, you need to apply it at least 45 min. BEFORE going out in the sun. The darks spots will fade on their own once you start using the sunscreen.

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Hi T.. I work for a dermatologist at Huguley- Dr Chaker. There are a lot of differnt things we could do for you! I noticed a few people mentioned TriLuma. It is a great product- we sell it for 110.00 (a lot less expensive than most pharmacies in the area). We also do IPl (fotofacial)treatments- the upper lip area costs about 100.00 per session and we do offer discounts if you purchase a package of these treatments (four or more sessons). I would be more than happy to schedule you a free consultation with our aesthetician if you are interested. Also Dr chaker takes most insurance plans if you would like to see him for your rosacea or melasma (broen spots). Our office number is ###-###-####. Good luck to you!

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I highly suggest you look into the Obagi product line.

The first 3 weeks remove the old skin layers, but after that, you skin will be amazing. My dermatologist put me on this before I got married and at 35, I had the skin of a 20 year old in my pics.

GL!

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Have you tried Arbonne International's products? Their skin care line helped repair sun damage (brown spots) on my face. My skin looks better now at 43 than it did at 33! Their products are natural and can do wonders if you are willing to give it time. Because they are natural, it will take time.

I believe in these products 110%!! If you are open to trying their products send me a private message or an email to ____@____.com. I'd be happy to show you what they have and how they helped my skin...Not to mention how you can get them at a minimum 35% discount.

God Bless!
D. A :)
www.healthy4you.myarbonne.com

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Hi, T.. Those precious gifts from God can wreck our skin.

I have a system that is guaranteed 100%. If it doesn't work to your satisfaction, you get all your money back. Unlike perscriptions and over the counter products.
Here is the link to my web site. http://www.shaklee.net/health_revolution/product/14582
Please call after you've looked around the web site.
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Shaklee has a skincare line called NutriWhite that lightens pigmentation in skin. You can check it out at http://www.shaklee.net/recipeforhealth/product/NutriWhite. I noticed the complete system kit is currently 15% off. The products have a money-back guarantee as well.

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I know Mary Kay has a product (I have a friend who sells Mary Kay, if you are interested). I haven't tried the product, however I use other Mary Kay products.

From Birth Control, I have had spots and quickly gotten off them. It is a side effect of the birth control. I went to the Dermatologist and they prescribed me Aclaro (it is about $110)and my spots have gone away after 5 months. My Dermatologist recommended Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunscreen SPF 70 to wear during the day also.
The bleach medicine I still have more of it, you don't need much and it lasta a long time.

I can recommend my Dermatologist if you would like to go there. They are in Fort Worth off 8th Street (near the medical district). If you would like their information, let me know and I can send it to you.

The exact same thing happened to me when my 2nd son was born. My area was above my lip and my chin. I looked like I'd painted on a mustache and gotee! I went to a dermatologist and he gave me a prescription bleach (lightener) that took about 8 months to lighten the area. There isn't a quick fix....just be patient. It's VERY important that you wear sunscreen every single day.......because just 1 day w/o it will undo 6 months worth of lightening. I used my bleach (sorry I cannot remember the name of the product), layered that w/ sunscreen and then used a concealer over the dark area before applying my makeup. It was a pain because I don't like to wear much makeup, but gradually it went away. Hormones are the cause of my hyperpigmentation, but because I was careful to wear sunscreen, I didn't have problems w/ my last pregnancy. Good luck!

T.,

If you send me your email address, I'll send you some before and after pictures of a lady who has rosacea and used our products. I'll let the pictures speak for themselves.

Take care and God bless!

Try Mychelle Dermaceuticals. You can find them at Whole Foods, Sprouts, Central Market or online (mychelleusa.com). They have an "Apple Brightening Series" for lightening skin related to pigmentation issues and sun damage. I tried it post pregnancy and it worked, though it is kind of strong. You might have to take it slow. They also have a rosacea formula too, though I haven't heard anything about it. I love their products. They are absolutely all natural and free from all the junk in everything else. They're a little pricey, but no more than the department store brands or the prescription stuff!

I work with a great nutritional food supplements that has helped many with roscea and other skin issues. Let me know for more information.

About Me: Work from home, married with two children. I love helping others with their health and financies.

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try hydrogen peroxide over the counter, just on the spots.

Hi T.
So sorry you are having this problem!
Shaklee has a product that may help you. It doesn't contain bleach or any other harmful ingredients. It also has a 100% money back guarantee. You can check it out at:

http://www.shaklee.net/healthforlife/product/NutriWhite

I wish you the best!

Trish,
I am a Shaklee Independent Distributor and we have a product that might be helpful, but I have to be honest! I don't know much about this product. It isn't something I have used and so I just don't know, but I do trust Shaklee. So, I am going to give you a link to look at it. If you have any further interest, contact me with questions and I will do some research for you. As far as roscea I know there are supplements and special diets that can make a difference. There are lots of things to try.
http://www.shaklee.net/healinghappens/product/NutriWhite

I'm sorry you "hate the way you look." I am guessing it is a lot worse to you than anyone else! We all scrutinize ourselves too much. As I have begun to age I have learned a little trick that helps me.......don't spend too much time in front of the mirror!

I had the same problem after my 2nd pregnancy. The only way to get rid of it is to wear sunscreen every day, even when it's cloudy. Just 15 min out in the sun without it & mine starts darkening again. And, you need to apply it at least 45 min. BEFORE going out in the sun. The darks spots will fade on their own once you start using the sunscreen.

I have read that taking B vitamins can help prevent & fade the skin discoloration associated with pregnancy. I noticed my skin improved during pregnancy when I was taking prenatal vitamins & have continued. Before my first pregnancy, I had some darkness that lightened after I started taking the prenatal vitamins & eating healthier.

I have had the same thing for years. It never goes away completely, but I have had some luck with a few things. First, use at least a SPF 30 sunscreen everyday to help keep it in check. Second, there is a cream called Tri-Luma. You need a prescription to get it and it is about $125 a tube. The tube will last several months. Third, you can try Fotofacial, Fraxel or chemical peels. I have tried both Fotofacial and chemical peels. They both worked for me in combination with the Tri-Luma, but the effects are temporary and the cost is high (especially for the Fotofacial). I haven't tried the Fraxel yet because it is even more expensive than the Fotofacial.

Good Luck! I hope something works for you. The last dermatologist I saw told me that I would be fighting this problem the rest of my life. I just try to keep it under control the best I can.

this is going to sound really random, but have you ever been tested for a gluten intolerance? roscea that will not go away is a common symptom of gluten intolerance, especially of the skin nature. Check all the products you use externally and see if any of them contain what, barely, or rye. Try to use products without these ingredients. Other food allergies may exist that could cause this issue. get yourself checked for underlying issues. Hope this helps. :)

Hi Trish,

Have you tried Skin Success Fade Cream? You can find this at the Asian shops that sell hair. You know the african american hair stores? I'm not sure your nationality but my sister in law (who is black) uses this fade cream because she has some blotches on her skin. Anyway one can use it. I like to use it to because i have really dry skin and the cream is really thick and soaks into my skin! You should give it a try.

This happened to my mother & her sisters. The dr blamed the birth control pills.

Tina -- I've never had a problem with pregnancy mask, but do have roscea, and Arbonne Skin Care has helped me a great deal. It keeps my redness soothed, and I've had no bumps nor breakouts. If you'd like to try a 3-day sample pack, please e-mail me at ____@____.com

Good luck to you!!
A.

I had the same hyperpigmentation, only mine was on my cheeks. I spent a lot of money on different skin care products without much result. I went to a WONDERFUL laser and microdermabrasion person (Traci Rupe, in Dr. Stuart Lipton's office, ###-###-####) and that helped quite a bit, but it was still there. I finally got a prescription cream from my dermatologist -- TriLuma -- which seems to be solving the problem, albiet slowly. It's about $175 a tube (!!) but you only use a tiny bit so it lasts a very long time. I will second what someone above said about sunscreen -- you have to wear it ALL the time or the dark spots come back quickly. It's a pain, but worth it to not be spotted!

Good luck!

I had the same problem. 2 pregnancies caused a lot of darkening of the skin on my cheeks, middle of my forehead and even my upper lip. YUCK! I went to Allen Laser Center near Allen Presby and had a fotocial treatment 3 weeks ago with miraculous results. I have another session next week and I hope that will be all I need. Almost all the dark on my cheeks was gone after one but the area on my upper lip and my forehead is still there. It costs around $200 per treatment and is an out-of-pocket expense. They recommend waiting until the fall or winter so that your skin has a lot of contrast for best results so now's a great time! Good luck!

Look up fotofacial on the web for more info. I am still BF'ing my 6 mo old so I can't do any of the bleaches or topical stuff so I just went for the big guns!

I had the exact same thing happen after my daughters birth (first child). I just kept concealer over it in a lighter shade. It lasted 2 years but eventually did go away and it did not happen with my son.

Call me as I need to explain over the phone, but I think I have very good news for you.
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V. B.

sorry so late in getting back, but mary kay has a spot solutions that might work great for you.
look at web site and email me if want more info
www.marykay.com/lbrown
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