How to Use Your Melasma Prescription Regimen
Here, we will go into detail on exactly how to use your custom Derm to Door hyperpigmentation and melasma prescription regimen.
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Brown spots, Melasma, and any type of hyperpigmentation can occur in any skin type. Often, they are the result of age, sun exposure, or hormones, but can occur after acne or redness of the skin. Medications that lighten brown spots can cause redness, dryness or irritation if used in large amounts or used too much. Start by using these medications every other night. If irritation doesn't appear after 1-2 weeks of use, then use every night. Sun avoidance and sun protection are essential. If a sunscreen is not used with broad spectrum SPF 50+, the brown spots may not improve. Apply sunscreen every two hours and wear a hat if you are in the sun.
Morning Hyperpigmentation Treatment Regimen
- Rinse face with room-temperature water
- On dry skin, apply your AM hyperpigmentation medication
- Apply a gentle moisturizer
- Apply 1/2 teaspoon of sunscreen SPF 30+ (an SPF 50 is best, and a tinted sunscreen increases your protection, too) to your face/neck EVERY morning and reapply every 2 hours
Evening Hyperpigmentation Treatment Regimen
- Wash face with a gentle cleanser
- On dry skin apply your PM hyperpigmentation medication
- Apply a simple moisturizer
Dr. Lily’s Favorite Skincare Products for Hyperpigmentation & Dark Spots
Dr. Lily has hand-selected the following skincare products specifically for your melasma, hyperpigmentation, and age spots. Using these products in conjunction with your Derm to Door hyperpigmentation prescription will help you achieve the best possible results.
- Cleanser: Alastin Ultra Calm Cleansing Cream
- Moisturizer: Avene Tolerance Control Soothing Skin Recovery Balm
- Sunscreen: ISDIN Eryfotona Ageless SPF 50 Tinted Sunscreen
Cleanser for Hyperpigmentation
Moisturizer for Hyperpigmentation
Sunscreen for Hyperpigmentation
Bioderma Sensibio Soothing Micellar Cleansing Foaming Gel
Avène Tolerance Control Soothing Skin Recovery Cream
Some tips when using these powerful hyperpigmentation medications
- Avoid eyes and lips when applying medication (using a petrolatum-based product like vaseline, Aquaphor, or CeraVe healing ointment on lips prior is advised)
- If dryness or irritation is experienced, reduce frequency to every other day, reduce quantity to half a pump, and/or, buffer medication by mixing into moisturizer
- If a dose of medication must be skipped, complete the same skincare regimen, excluding the medication. DO NOT “double-up” days or mix medications
- Do not mix these medications with any additional toners, acids, exfoliants, serums, or retinols. If you have any questions about the safety of any product or practice, please reach out to our customer service team at firstname.lastname@example.org or text our skin success team at 703-215-3087
How to Prevent Melasma & Hyperpigmentation
In addition to your hyperpigmentation prescription and skincare routine, Here are some Dermatologist tips for preventing the appearance or darkening of pigmentation. Remember: the more wholistic your approach to treating your hyperpigmentation, melasma, and dark spots, the better your results will be!
- Wear a TINTED, SPF 50+ sunscreen everyday, reapplying every 2 hours.
- Maintain this intensive sunscreen regimen rain or shine, indoors or out: UVA rays pass through clouds and windows while High Intensity Visible Light and Blue Light emanate from technology screens, and they both DARKEN pigment
- Wear sunglasses and a wide visor or hat when in the sun, avoid peak sun hours midday and early afternoon
- Consuming blueberries daily has some anecdotal correlation with melasma reduction
- Minimize inflammation overall to prevent worsening melasma by minimizing cleansing, wiping, pulling, or scrubbing the skin in any way with products, towels, or makeup wipes