The miasma of melasma
July 8, 2014 7:11 AM Subscribe
Several months ago I started developing melisma (darkening of the skin on my upper lip). As I am a female who does not necessarily wish to be doing a Charlie Chaplin impersonation at all times, what, if anything, can be done about this?
Possibly relevant details:
I'm not pregnant
I'm not on hormonal birth control, nor have I been for years
I wear sunblock and a hat more or less religiously (ironically, the melisma first made its appearance at around the same time I started wearing daily facial sunblock)
I do not have PCOS, that I'm aware of
Am in the somewhat normal-to-stressed range of things (I tend towards insomnia and anxiety)
I am very pale--the melisma is very noticeable
Are there any treatments that really truly work for getting rid of it? Or, barring that, any ways that I can cover it up? I am a non-makeup-wearing sort, so would be starting from scratch, here.
I've been using a Neutrogena dark spot remover nightly for weeks now, and I don't think it's done a darn thing.
I am willing to try things ranging from the woo to the peer-reviewed. If I'm going to go to the headache and expense of going to a dermatologist and/or makeup counter, though, would like to have an idea of what I'm getting into.