Well, considering that Meladerm's foremost active ingredients are lactic and kojic acid it might be successful in treating your melasma if it is epidermal. If it is dermal (deeper than the superficial layers of your skin), melasma is most effectively treated with laser rejuvenation or resurfacing.
Hydroquinone is really nasty stuff. I had to discontinue use with it, too, because of its steroidal properties which caused acne. /firstname.lastname@example.org 2x" width="20" height="20" /> Weak. For my melasma, triggered by sun exposure not hormones, azelaic acid worked.
Oh, gee, thanks.:icon_redf That's really nice of you to say.
Honestly, I run a personal site on cosmetic enhancement, plastic surgery etc. (which I won't plug here in the forums, because I just want to learn and gab about beauty...not promote anything), so I've spent these last few years compiling information on just about every cosmetic treatment I can find. Also, I'm a total consumer who has got to try anything that claims to stave off the aging process or beautify a person. Literally- from injectables, chemical peels, electro mircocurrent face lift gadgets, to Latisse (the eyelash growth serum), I've got to learn everything I can about them, first hand. Plus, I've struggled with a few conditions- acne, rosacea...those kind of kicked off my interest in medical technology and cosmetic science.
And, it helps to have a mother who works in the medical field. lol I learn a lot about the latest developments and what's available from her.
When I see people who are suffering or stressed out due to zits, dermatitis, hyperpigmentation, things of that nature...I just can't help but pass on what I've learned because I know how troubling and mystifying it is when your body just will not do what you want, like be healthy and problem free! I'm far from an authority or expert. Just a shopaholic guinea pig who spends a lot of time at her computer, really!
Thanks for the advice Offendr. Never heard of azelaic acid. Any specific one that you would recommend and how long before you seen results with it? /email@example.com 2x" width="20" height="20" />
I used Dr.Varon's Skin Bleaching System for awhile with good results, minus the actually skin lightening step, which I believe is step 2 (with hydroquinone). The microdermabrasion cream and skin brightener (with the azelaic acid) worked nicely. It took quite a bit of time to see significant improvement, though. My skin did get steadily nicer, over all, though. You can find it in any drugstore or grocery store. It's about $20.
Another that I've heard good things about is Benev Azalex Gel for rosacea. Contains 10% azelaic acid, which I think is about half as strong as the standard prescription strength. It's more expensive and can only be purchased a few places online. Less expensive than Meladerm, though.
I do know that 20% alezaic acid is more effective than 2% hydroquinone and as effective 4% hydroquinone, plus reduces inflammation and has antimicrobial properties, thus improving acne. For really prominent or stubborn melasma, you may want to visit your doctor and get a script for that!
Hope this helps and I'd love to follow your progress! I always want to see what works for people! /firstname.lastname@example.org 2x" width="20" height="20" />
I checked the official website, and i saw on the ingredients list it contains arbutin, and it seems arbutin is widely used in japanese skincare for skin lightening and whitening purposes, so i suppose you could give it a go.