Our expert says:
Hi Natasha, thank you for the question.
My advice would be to see Dr Marian Duvenage (Pretoria (012) 460 4646) or Dr Judy Budavari (Jhb. (011) 325 5007).
You have a number of options for the pigmentation but ultimately one would need to examine the skin before deciding on the best treatment options. From your description it seems you have developed Melasma (hormonally induced pigmentation).
Melasma is not ‘curable’ one can only manage the pigmentation so that it is less visible.
The first and most important topical approach is a good SPF (50 or higher) that contains zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide (Heliocare Gel) and to practice sun avoidance as much as possible (wearing hats, using an umbrella, etc.). Topical products such as NeoStrata’s Pigment Lightening Gel (night time) and Brightening Cream (day time) and adding Lumixyl will give the best long term results.
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