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Rebound Pigmentation or Inadequate Sunscreen? Help!

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Rebound Pigmentation or Inadequate Sunscreen? Help!

Postby byebyemelasma » Tue Jul 28, 2009 6:48 pm

I completed an 18 week course of Obagi Nu Derm which ended in January and have been following a maintenance schedule for the past 5 months..basically using Clear/Blender/Retin A 2-3 times per week. My face was looking so good up until this past month. My melasma was gone and most of my sunspots were gone too. Plus, I had super smooth skin!

But this past month, I am noticing some of my spots are reappearing! I've been researching this on the internet and am reading about the possibility of rebound pigmentation as a result of using hydroquinone. Could this be what is happening? I have also been out in the sun more than usual this past month with a trip to Mexico, in the pool with the kids, etc. I use Obagi Health Skin Protection 35 every day, but also started using Neutrogena Sport Face 70 on days when I knew I would be in the sun. But, now I'm learning about the differences between chemical and physical sunscreens and am very confused!

I guess I'm wondering if the Neutrogena did not protect my skin, or if I am indeed experiencing rebound pigmentation.

Does anyone have any ideas or experiences like this?

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Postby Dee26 » Tue Aug 04, 2009 6:36 am

Do you know the sunscreen ingredients of the neutrogena sunblock. Although it's a very high spf this only applies to uvb and does not necessarily mean adequate uva protection. It needs to contain ingredients such as zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, avabenzone or mexoryl for example. uva rays penetrate much deeper than uvb and can cause uneven pigmentation in the dermal layer.

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Ingredients in Neutrogena Sport Face SPF 70

Postby byebyemelasma » Tue Aug 04, 2009 6:47 am

The only ingredient that the Neutrogena has from your list is the Avobenzone. No physical blockers like Zinc Oxide. I've recently learned a lot more about sunscreen and have ordered some La Roche Posay stuff that contains Mexoryl that will hopefully do a better job of blocking the UVA rays in addition to the UVB rays. I actually ordered two...the one with Mexoryl for daytime/under make up and then one with Zinc Oxide and Titanium Oxide (or something like that) to wear when I'm in the pool with my kids.

I also don't think I was using enough of the sunscreen to be as effective as it could be.

I got back on Obagi Clear and my face is already looking nice and even again. That stuff is incredible! We'll see if I can maintain it better this time with better sunscreens.
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