Skin Update- Melasma

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About a month ago, I shared about my melasma on my IG stories and I was shocked by the number of you who DM’d me saying that you also struggle with melasma. It can be so frustrating and difficult to deal with! You aren’t alone!! For the past 3 weeks, I’ve added some new products into my skincare regimen and I thought it would be helpful to write a blog post with my updated skincare routine. I shared about this on my stories the other day and had SO many questions from you all so I just wanted to put all the info in one place so it’s easy to refer to.

PS- not an expert on this topic! My knowledge is only from my own research and conversations with other women! I just want to share what I’ve learned and what has helped me :)

What is melasma:

(according to American Academy of Dermatology)

Melasma is a form of hyperpigmentation, which is when your skin is darker than normal. It causes brown or gray-brown patches on your skin- usually on your face around your cheeks, forehead, nose, upper lip, and under eyes. Melasma can be due to hormonal changes during pregnancy or from sun exposure. In women, melasma often fades on its own after pregnancy or after an affected woman goes off birth control pills. Skin lightening creams can help lasting melasma.

What I’ve been using:

For the past 3 and a half weeks, I’ve been using Colleen Rothschild Vitamin C Treatment Complex in the morning and Mandelic Acid Radiance Serum at night before bed.

After washing my face, I gently pat my skin dry and apply the product to my affected area. I see my melasma below my eyes and above my upper lip. Make sure to let the treatment completely dry and absorb before applying moisturizer. Colleen Rothschild advises to wait at least a minute before applying moisturizer so the treatment can fully absorb first. I’ve also tried to be really good about wearing sunscreen and hats when I’m in the sun!

Vitamin C Treatment Complex: (morning)

(From the Colleen Rothschild website)

Vitamin C Treatment Complex improves natural radiance and clarity while defending against environmental aggressors like pollution, stress, and sun damage.

This potent form of vitamin C helps reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation by penetrating the epidermis 16 times more effectively than ascorbic acid. The formulation stimulates collagen production, leaving skin more even and radiant.

Mandelic Acid Radiance Serum: (night)

(From the Colleen Rothschild website)

The Mandelic Acid Radiance Serum is a daily treatment that promotes cellular turnover, which addresses photo-aging, fine lines, acne, dark spots and overall skin texture. Derived from the bitter almond, Mandelic acid is a gentle yet highly effective alpha hydroxy acid (AHA). Mandelic Acid Radiance Serum is formulated to gently exfoliate, dissolve and breakdown the tiny bonds between dull dead skin cells that sit on the skin’s surface. Over time, a brighter and more radiant complexion is unveiled. The formula refines skin texture and tone and inhibits dark spots and helps uneven skin tone

Results:

After using these products morning and night for over 3 straight weeks, I’ve seen a noticeable difference in my skintone and my darkest melasma patch (below my left eye). Usually at this point in the summer, my melasma is very dark and requires FULL coverage. I’ve noticed that it is actually lighter now, than it was at the beginning of the summer (and I’ve only been in the sun more and more each week).

I’ve kept the rest of my skincare routine the same- Tula Cleanser & Moisturizer. The only other new product that I’ve added is Colleen Rothschild Salicylic Treatment on the occasional blemishes that I notice on my cheeks and around my lips. This product is amazing and has made my blemishes nearly disappear in a matter of only 1-2 days.

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