She, also, recommended Obagi for my melasma.
Melasma, also known as chloasma, appears as a blotchy, brownish pigmentation on the face that develops slowly and fades with time. The pigmentation is due to overproduction of melanin by the pigment cells, melanocytes.
Melasma / chloasma
What causes melasma?
There is a genetic predisposition to melasma. Triggers include:
Pregnancy – the pigment often fades a few months after delivery.
Hormonal contraceptives, including oral contraceptive pills and injected progesterone
Scented or deodorant soaps, toiletries and cosmetics – a phototoxic reaction
Unknown factors, when it arises in apparently healthy, normal, non-pregnant women
Melasma usually affects women; only one in twenty affected individuals are male. It generally starts between the age of 30 and 40. It is more common in people that tan well or have naturally dark skin compared with those who have fair skin.
Melasma affects the forehead, cheeks and upper lips resulting in macules (freckle-like spots) and larger patches. Occasionally it spreads to involve the sides of the neck, and a similar condition may affect the shoulders and upper arms. Melasma is sometimes separated into epidermal (skin surface), dermal (deeper) and mixed types" ~Credit to New Zealand Dermatological Society
Just another little FYI, your birth control pill* can do this. My dermo's nurse said doctors do not stress enough to their patients this can happen. Also, the nurse said that they don't put the "avoid sun exposure or artificial light" stickers on your medicine. The damage to my face did not really start showing up until last year. There were a few spots. Now, it is WORSE. Have any of y'all tried these products or if any of you visitors, anonymous people, or anyone out there tried these products???? Feedback would be great=)