Hydroquinone for Melasma: Does it work?
Oh you guys…I’m sooo disappointed to let you know that Hydroquinone did NOT work for my melasma at all. If you remember I was prescribed Kligman’s Formula which is a combination of Hydroquinone, Tretinol & a topical steroid. I applied the cream to my face each night for 5 weeks and it did not even budge the hyperpigmentation a little bit.
As many of you know, I saw Hydroquinone as my last option. I held out for so long because of all the controversy around hydroquinone like it can make melasma worse or makes your skin even more sensitive to light. I really had high hopes that it would lighten my melasma….but after 5 weeks of nightly applications. I have decided to stop using it. My dermatologist instructed me to use it for 6 weeks and then stop. But seeing as I haven’t seen any lightening at all, I’ve decided to end a little early…what’s the point?
Before & After Pictures of Hydroquinone on Melasma
Admittedly I understand that my patches of melasma are lighter than most…so for that reason alone I feel fortunate. But because it’s all relative, the blotches on my face still affect the way I feel about myself when I look in the mirror. I was hoping to see some breaking up of the large patch on my forehead and lightening on the upper lip, however, no improvement has happened. You can see in the pictures above that the ridges of my forehead are still in tact and they did not break up or lighten at all. My upper lip actually looks worse than before and I wonder if it was because the hydroquinone irritated that area of my skin.
How I applied the Hydroquinone to my Melasma
Each night I washed my face using olive oil and warm water. I then applied the Hydroquinone to the melasma sections of my face and went to bed. Each morning I would wash off my face, apply sunscreen, concealer & my favorite foundation for melasma. I wore hats when I go outside and I even got my car windows tinted to block out the UV rays.
My Melasma Diet
Before starting the hydroquinone I also went on a clean eating diet. I cut out gluten, sugar, alcohol and dairy out of my diet. I also did my best to avoid these estrogenic foods. I was also taking Vitamin D, MSM, Cod Liver Oil, Probiotic, and Milk Thistle. I lost 8 pounds, but unfortunately, that did not help the melasma at all.
Living with Melasma
I feel like I have tried everything to cure or lighten my Melasma and nothing seems to be working. I understand that many of you feel the same way, so I just want to thank you for your words of encouragement and willingness to share what is and is not working. Thank you again!