5 years, 8 months ago

Getting RID of my Pigmentation/ Melasma with Tretinoin, Niacinamide, Vitamin C & AHA/BHA

I got pigmentation, it’s accumulative damage from the sun.
I’m on a constant lookout for products to improve my condition.

One of my beauty secrets, i can’t live without is Hydroquinone (HQ).
It’s a controversial ingredient banned in many countries.
It’s allowed in Australia and available in John Plunkett’s products (2%).
Personally i use 4% HQ. For higher HQ concentration, a prescription is required in Australia. Many countries don’t require scripts for HQ.

Ingredients to look out for if you are trying to get rid of pigmentation/melasma Vitamin A/Retinoid/Tretinon, Vitamin B3 Niacinamide, Vitamin C, Kojic Acid, Arbutin, Licorice Extract, Azelaic acid, AHA / BHA … Newer ingredients include Oligopeptide 34, Zinc Glycinate, Glucosamine… http://www.dermalinstitute.com/au/library/92_article_The_Future_s_Looking_Bright.html

Lactic Acid (AHA)+HQ+Tretinoin is medically proven to help with pigmentation http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12562345

FACTS: Hydroquinone is very effective and considered #1 for skin lightening and age spots/melasma/hyper-pigmentation. Ithas been abused by many in countries like Africa thus the tight control. It has actually been around for a long time and is considered safe by Paula Begoun.
http://www.paulaschoice.com/expert-advice/brown-spots/_/hydroquinone-for-skin-lightening

Hydroquinone has over 50 years of research attesting to its efficacy and safety. In contrast. (Sources: American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, July 2006, pages 223-230; Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, May 2006, Supplemental, pages 272-281; Cutis, March 2006, pages 177-184; Journal of Drugs in Dermatology, September-October 2005, pages 592-597; Journal of Dermatological Science, August, 2001, Supplemental, pages 68-75; Journal of Cosmetic Science, May-June 1998, pages 208-290; and Dermatological Surgery, May 1996, pages 443-447).

Tyrosinase inhibitors such as hydroquinone is currently the best treatment for melasma/pigmentation. They inhibit the enzyme that converts tyrosine to melanin.

Healthy Alternative.
Arbutin – Containing a form of hydroquinone derived from the leaves of plants like bearberry, cranberry and mulberry.
SUNSCREEN suggestions (focus on physical filters):
http://www.beautyheaven.com.au/forums/suncare/tinted-sunscreen-recommmendations-please?page=1#comment-2699611


To answer your question Yohanna from the thread:
Where do i buy my HQ?
http://www.beautyheaven.com.au/forums/skincare/recommendations-for-products-with-aha-slash-bha?page=1#comment-2638876

To save money, buy it here http://goo.gl/gKiutZ

No prescription needed

Price – USD4.40 each + Postage -USD10 each order or FREE for orders over USD150. Comes from India. Have tried and tested the company is legit. Product is genuine.
Delivery takes approx 2 weeks.

Photo taken from Zoe’s blog:
http://www.zotheysay.com/how-to-properly-treat-and-prevent-hyperpigmentation/


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Summaries on Pigmentation info on my blog
http://loveneedwant.wix.com/blog#!blog/czwt/category/Pigmentation

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