Melasma and birth control pill use – should I always stop?

Some birth control pills can cause melasma . The brand names Marvelon®, Microgynon® have been associated with triggering melasma. However, other birth control brands can also give these dark spots as a side effect.

Unfortunately, stopping the pill is not always enough to make the pigmentation disappear. It seems that when your skin’s pigment system is in high gear, it doesn’t go back to normal on its own. This means that the pigment cells in your skin may still be overactive even after you stop taking the pill.

If you use the pill as a contraceptive and you want to reduce the pigment spots, you can ask your doctor for a lighter pill. This can sometimes help reduce the pigmentation, but it is not a guarantee that the spots will disappear completely. It is important to have realistic expectations and to understand that reducing pigment spots can be a slow and gradual process.

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Continue with birth control pills

If you are satisfied with the current contraceptive pills, you can continue to take them. In the meantime, you can ask your doctor about the right treatment for your pigment spots. Always use a mineral sunscreen with at least SPF 30 during the day and these cosmetic ingredients can reduce pigment spots: Vitamin C, E, Niacinamide from 4%, Retinol, Arbutin, Hydroquinone, Resveratrol, Aloe Vera, Emblica, Kojic Acid.

How can Iconic Elements help you?

Iconic Elements offers two powerful products, the Spot Reducer and the Targeted Pigment Serum, that can be effective in reducing pigment spots. Here’s why and how they can help:

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Niacinamide (Vitamin B3): Both the Spot Reducer and the Targeted Pigment Serum contain niacinamide, an ingredient known for its ability to brighten the skin. Niacinamide regulates the production of melanin, the pigment in the skin responsible for dark spots. This causes pigment spots to gradually fade and the skin color becomes more even.

Arbutin: The Targeted Pigment Serum contains arbutin, a natural ingredient derived from plants. Arbutin is known for its ability to reduce hyperpigmentation. It inhibits the activity of tyrosinase, an enzyme involved in the production of melanin. This makes the skin color more even and reduces dark spots.

Malic Acid: This ingredient, present in the Targeted Pigment Serum, has mild exfoliating properties. It helps remove dead skin cells and improves overall skin texture. This contributes to reducing the visibility of pigment spots.

Triple action: The combination of these ingredients in both the Spot Reducer and the Targeted Pigment Serum provides a powerful triple approach against hyperpigmentation. They not only regulate melanin production, but also reduce the transfer of pigment to skin cells and provide gentle exfoliation of the upper layer of the skin.

Regular use of these products can reduce the signs of melasma and gradually lead to a more even and radiant skin tone. Go for radiant skin and discover the potential of Iconic Elements’ Spot Reducer and Targeted Pigment Serum.

While you are here

Melasma (50-70%) can indeed develop during pregnancy under the influence of pregnancy hormones. Fortunately, for most women, these spots disappear on their own after giving birth. Pigment spots do not need to be actively treated immediately. More about pregnant and I have melasma

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Dr. Francis Wu

Dr. Francis Wu, een vooraanstaande dermatoloog, is de drijvende kracht achter Iconic Elements. Hij heeft sinds 2004 zijn expertise ingezet om een veilige en effectieve huidverzorgingslijn te creëren, geschikt voor zowel gezonde huid als huidproblemen. Iconic Elements, opgericht in 2016, is de eerste brede skincare lijn in Nederland ontwikkeld door een dermatoloog. Als medisch specialist streeft Dr. Wu naar het bevorderen van het welzijn van mensen door hoogwaardige en effectieve huidverzorgingsproducten te bieden. De proefdiervrije en vegan producten vermijden schadelijke chemicaliën en bevatten natuurlijke ingrediënten.
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