Last week I posted a blog post and video about choosing the right sunscreen for melasma and hyperpigmentation (because some will help protect it from getting darker, and others won’t).
One of my subscribers from YouTube asked if I could talk more about the products and active ingredients I used to fade the melasma that I developed during my pregnancy. She asked specifically if I used vitamin C, lactic acid, glycolic acid, retinols, etc?
Over the past year, I’ve used all these active ingredients in one form or another to try and fade the melasma (the only active ingredient I won’t use for hyperpigmentation is hydroquinone. Personally, I don’t feel it’s safe). In the past year, I’ve been able to get rid of 90% of the hyperpigmentation. And I’m happy to say, it’s continuing to fade.
In today’s video I go over all the products I tried and used over the past year in hopes of fading the melasma.
I will tell you right now that some products worked great at fading the pigmentation, but many did nothing. Strangely, there was one natural brightening product that made my pigmentation even darker! (and this isn’t the first time a product has done that to me, more about that in my video below!).
If you have hyperpigmentation or melasma, and struggle to fade it, check out today’s video. As you’ll see in the video, I’ve tried many different products and there’s definitely a pattern of what active ingredients really work at targeting hyperpigmentation and melasma. Not all exfoliants and active ingredients work the same. And even though some products are great at brightening, resurfacing the skin, and evening skin tone – they might not get deep enough to help the hyperpigmentation or melasma.
Products mentioned in the video
Below are links to all the products I mentioned in the video. All these products are great (for exfoliation, skin brightening, getting smooth skin, or preventing clogged pores and congestion). But, not all these products help hyperpigmentation or melasma. In fact, there’s only a few products out of the bunch that really made a difference. (To find out which ones worked for fading the hyperpigmentation and melasma, make sure to watch today’s video).
- OSKIA Renaissance Cleansing Gel
- DRUNK ELEPHANT C-Firma Day Serum
- DRUNK ELEPHANT T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum
- TATA HARPER Concentrated Brightening Essence
- ANDALOU NATURALS Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask
- OSKIA Renaissance Mask
- VERDURA NATURALTERNATIVES Fruit Complex Facial Mask
- THE ORDINARY 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil
- THE ORDINARY Granactive Retinoid 2% In Squalane
- UMA Absolute Anti Aging Face Mask
A few months after I did this review, I found 2 products from Living Libations that got rid of the remaining melasma (YES!!!). Click here to to check out that review.
Since making this video and blog post, I’ve continued trying more products to see what else can help fade melasma. There’s been a lot of fails. Like I said in the video, for me, a lot of brightening treatment products make my melasma appear darker by lightening the normal skin around the dark patches, but not the pigmentation itself. I also find that if a products is too irritating or strong, that too triggers the melasma to come right back or get darker.
It’s certainly been an interesting journey of trial and error!
I will be making a follow-up video sharing what other products I’ve tried, what worked, what didn’t. If there is a product that has worked for you or you want me to try, please let me know in the comments below.
More on how to fade pigmentation & melasma
Check out these blog posts and videos, they can help too!
This blog post is not sponsored. All views and opinions are always my own. This blog post may contain affiliate links. An affiliate link means I may earn a commission if you make a purchase through my link, without any extra cost to you. Please see my Disclaimer for more information.