I recently posted the before and after of my skin with dealing with melasma and working with Skin Pharm and got TONS of questions about it. I in no way make money from or am affiliated with Skin Parm (but if y’all start an ambassador program holla at ya girl!). I just genuinely am extremely happy with my results.
According to MedicalNewsToday.com, melasma is a common pigmentation disorder typically occurring on the face. Many doctors call it ‘pregnancy mask’ because a change in hormones may be a cause. Other causes can be sunlight and irritation from skincare products. I never had an issue with it until I got back on birth control once getting married. Yay to being a girl!
I’ve had doctors tell me it’s super hard to treat because they could make it better, but the second I go in the sun, it’ll come back. I love being outside, I don’t like wearing hats when it’s hot, I value living my life over having perfect skin, so I had pretty realistic expectations going into my first appointment at Skin Pharm.
Cliff notes version, I was tired of spending money on products that had good reviews and didn’t make my skin worse, but also didn’t make my skin noticeably better. I found Skin Pharm through a best friend, they rock, and their products have done wonders for my skin.
Lots of people have been asking what I used and did, so I’ll lay it all out for you below. BUT you should call up Skin Pharm and do an in-person (Nashville or Atlanta) or over the phone consultation. Everyone’s skin is different. They are the experts and will design a treatment plan that will work best for you. Also, some of these products below require a prescription that you would get from your rep at Skin Pharm.
You can find Skin Pharm’s line of amazing products here.
3 Months of the following:
Gentle Soothing Cleanser (it smells heavenly, I highly recommend )
Clarifying Pads, 2-3x weekly (combats breakouts)
Youth Serum (plumping serum)
Glow Factor (like a vitamin C serum, but better. Gives me that glowing, dewy look)
Face Whip (moisturizer, I love how this feels)
Mineral SPF – * Mineral SPF is vital for melasma or any pigment discoloration. Mineral SPF reflects the sun off your skin, while non-mineral, or chemical, sunscreens allow rays to penetrate the first few layers of your skin. Skin Pharm’s Mineral SPF is the one product that I don’t love. It makes my face too shiny. I’ve linked other mineral sunscreens I do love below.
Gentle Soothing Cleanser
Pigment Correcting Cream (Rx, you need a prescription for)
Brightening Lotion (I like this at night because if I were to layer it on in the day after my Glow Factor, it’s too shiny)
Next 3-4 months:
Papaya Enzyme Cleanser (I like the smell and feel of the Gentle Face Wash better)
Clarifying Pads, 3x weekly
Azelaic Acid (Rx, you need a prescription for it)
Papaya Enzyme Cleanser
Tretinoin (Rx, You need a prescription for it)
I’ve also been using the Clarifying Brightening Polish 2x a week as a face cleanser. It helps significantly with blackheads and making pores smaller.
Mineral Sunscreens I Love
I am a big fan of Colorscience Brush-On SPF 50, I bought the pack of 3 so I can keep one in my bag, one in the car, and one in my bathroom for zero excuses! I use it as a touch up most times as we should be re-applying every few hours. I go between colors medium and tan.
EltaMD is another favorite. This sunscreen feels amazing on!
If you do feel you look greasy from mineral SPF I use and love this primer that mattes pores and smells fresh.
So far I’ve done one chemical peel and one microneedeling with PRP.
I noticed a difference in my skin from both procedures. Of course, my results are a combination of products and procedures, but overall I think the products have done a lot for my skin. I saw a more drastic difference in before and after from the chemical peel than microneedeling. But the chemical peel also had my skin peeling for over a week. I would only do it again if I knew I had downtime where I wasn’t going to work or be around people beyond family and close friends. (Blog post on the chemical peel coming next!)