In this video, I focus on an ingredient called oxybenzone. Look for it in your sunscreen — I bet it’s there. You might also see it listed as an ingredient in some of your hair sprays, nail polish, fragrances, and makeup foundations with SPF. There’s been a lot of discussion and concern over whether oxybenzone is safe – not just for us, but also for our environment. The research in this field is truly fascinating and very important – so check it out!
On my social media channels, you guys asked about the safety of chemicals in sunscreen, why certain sunscreens make you look like a ghost, what’s the best type of sunscreen for kids, and how often you should reapply!
In this video, I will answer your questions and more!
To start, I explain the difference between chemical blockers and physical or mineral blockers.
Next, I share which sunscreen choices I make for myself and for my 5 year old daughter who is a fair skinned redhead and therefore, burns easily. As a dermatologist mom, I want to give my daughter the most safe and effective options for sun protection and I love sharing this information with you and your family!
Finally, I share my five key tips about sun protection.
There are so many popular myths about Melasma! I am here to help you get the FACTS you need to keep your Melasma under control.
FIRST, no lemon juice. If you google “home remedies for Melasma” you will find pages of home remedies listing lemon juice as one of the key ingredients. this is a MYTH!!! Do NOT use lemon juice on your Melasma! Citrus fruits can irritate the skin, which can make Melasma worse. AND lemons in particular actually make your skin much more vulnerable to the sun. I’ve seen these remedies make Melasma 10x worse in just 24 hours.
SECOND, no heat! Anything that causes too much heat or irritation in the skin can make Melasma worse! When it comes to Melasma, your doctor has to be gentle and you have to be patient. Trying to rush that process will only set you back. This means:
- NO Hot yoga
- NO saunas
- NO steam rooms
- NO sunbathing
- NO tanning salons
THIRD, what should you look for: look for serums, lotions and creams that contain Vitamin C, kojic acid, licorice, or soy. Those are brightening ingredients that have been shown to gently lighten Melasma patches over time.
FOURTH, sun protection!! This is critical to your Melasma treatment!
FIFTH: I wanted to share the regimen that I provided to Ginger to treat her Melasma for your ready reference:
- cleanse with a gentle cleanser (Purpose, Dove, Cetaphil all good) fingertips only
- pat dry using a clean towel
- put a few drops of SkinCeuticals CE Ferulic antioxidant serum into La Roche Posay sunscreen
- rub all over face and neck. CE ferulic has Vit C (skin brightener) AND acts as an antioxidant, neutralizing free radicals that are thought to trigger Melasma.
HAT– wear a hat when outside!!! I’m serious
I mixed a Melasma Emulsion for Ginger. Less is more to start. I recommended that she use it every other night for the dark areas ONLY. Key ingredients here are Hydroquinone (which acts to block the enzyme that makes melanin and is the MOST powerful depigmenting topical ingredient for Melasma) and Tretinoin (prescription strength vit A) which increases skin cell turnover, bringing the stained cells to the surface where they ultimately slough off.
Alternate nights: dr. brandt DNA Night Cream (loaded with antioxidants) or a gentle moisturizer like Cetaphil or CeraVe.
4 nights before each PEEL: STOP the Melasma emulsion.
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