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I had melasma for the last four years and have tried everything, last resort was consultant dermatologist who perscribed azelaic acid but said it could take a year to improve.what happened is that it got worse over the last 2 months, I had some ringworm (had this before) on body that I treated with selsun shampoo that destroys the fungus,i thought let's put some on my face and see what happens,well to my astonishment the melasma receeded, in 3 days of treating with selsun and antifungal creams the melasma has retreated approx 70%. i know i am a "fungal person" so would like to make a cream that isn't as harsh as using the selsun shampoo,and was wondering if anything from skinactives might help? comments greatly welcomed.

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Then it was not melasma, which is hyperpigmentation caused by hormones.

For fungus, we have several actives. I would start with yeast beta glucan, which stimulates the immune response.

We at Skin Actives believe that MDs are there for a reason. We don't know enough about anything medical to treat ourselves.  Worse, we may THINK we know, and that is worse that knowing nothing.
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hi hannah thanks for the info, just to update, local doctor now agrees i was misdiagnosed with melasma(even though it looks very similar) and it probably is fungal and i've been commenced on oral and topical antifungals for a month.lets hope it continues to clear up.thanks for your support

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I thought that would update this thread,as it's nearly been a year since i posted the first one,i have continued to use the selsun but not as often(fortnightly ish) and used a anti fungal cream( 4 out of 7 nights),the discoluration hasn't completely gone, other people probably wouldn't notice unless i commented on it, however i notice it is still there(very slightly). i still wear a high SPF during the day.On the whole i am very pleased My skin looks good and for my age (46)hardly a wrinkle so i should think myself lucky and not sweat the small stuff!

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Thanks for the good news!
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Hi Hannah

Just curious about how you know that hormonal causes are different to fungal causes of melasma?

I have melasma and have both hormonal and fungal issues.  Maybe they could be connected sometimes e.g. hormonal imbalance causes excess sebum and excess sebum makes people prone to fungal conditions

Is there anyone on the forum who has melasma and has hormonal but not fungal issues?  Or anyone who has melasma and fungal issues but not hormonal issues?
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This would be speculation on medical issues, I would prefer that we don't discuss this in the forum.
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