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Mon Jul 10, 2006 1:49 am      Reply with quote
Last night I finally tried St. Tropez self-tanner (which I think is awesome! the best I've used). I have hyperpigmentation spots; upper lip, a splotch on each cheek, and a little on the forehead. For whatever reason, this past week the spots have seemed darker. I had hoped that the self tanner would help to camouflage the melasma. I applied it all over, not doing anything differently for the darkened areas. This morning I have a beautiful self-tan, but my face looks kinda.... dirty. It's as though the spots are standing out even more.
I was wondering if anyone had any application tips so that the melasma spots will blend a bit better? In the past I tried taking the tanner off those areas after application, but that just makes them stand out more. So I was thinking to perhaps apply a bit of regular lotion to those areas so they don't grab as much of the tanner. And maybe to use a makeup sponge after application to also remove some of the excess.

Do any of you ladies with hyperpigmentation have any experience with self-tanners and how to make it all blend well? Any tips or personal experiences would be helpful! Very Happy
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Mon Jul 10, 2006 8:57 am      Reply with quote
I haven't found anything that will stop the hyperpig. from being more pronounced. Although I don't have any on my face, I do have them on my lower arms and legs. Every fake tan product I've tried has made the spots darker, even with exfoliation and moistuizing body creams. I think since these products are designed to darken the skin, the parts that are already dark just get "darker". I don't think there's really anything we can do about it, unless someone out there has found a "trick" I haven't tried yet! Smile

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Mon Jul 10, 2006 6:27 pm      Reply with quote
perhaps you could try moisturising the darker patches first to dampen down the effect.
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Tue Jul 11, 2006 4:21 am      Reply with quote
I decided I'm just not going to use the self tanner on my face. In the end, I just didn't like the way it looked overall. Hopefully it will not look too incredibly strange if I have a tan body and a pale face! I figured I'll put some moisturizer on my neck, so it will be a little lighter than the rest of my body, and hopefully it will blend in with my pale face a bit better! Laughing
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Tue Jul 11, 2006 8:25 am      Reply with quote
Nymue - if your going to do it that way, you could maybe try a bronzing powder on your face and neck to even it all out. Smile

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Tue Jul 11, 2006 10:35 am      Reply with quote
Anytime, generally speaking, you use self tanner, it stands to reason, it will darken the dark spots as well as the lighter places, so you end up darker everywhere. The tanner does not know where you're darker! Smile
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Tue Jul 11, 2006 11:17 am      Reply with quote
I have dermal melasma and since it is too much melanin, the self tanner will just exacerbate it. I've gotten rid of my upper lip melasma by mega-dosing on MSM, but still use lots of sunblock.
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Wed Jul 12, 2006 3:39 am      Reply with quote
Gayle wrote:
Anytime, generally speaking, you use self tanner, it stands to reason, it will darken the dark spots as well as the lighter places, so you end up darker everywhere. The tanner does not know where you're darker! Smile


Right. And I did figure that of course I would be darker everywhere, but as my spots were not standing out very much, I didn't imagine that uniform darkening (for lack of a better word) would make them stand out anymore than they already were. Yet, even though I was darker all over, it seemed that the hyperpigmented areas stood out more than they had before. Odd, right?

Sportygirl, that is a good tip about the bronzer, I was actually thinking about that. Any suggestions for good ones? I was thinking maybe Benefit's Hoola. I have one by Physician's Formula currently. I like it alright, but it's a bit shimmery which makes it stand out a little more than I would like.
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Wed Jul 12, 2006 9:21 am      Reply with quote
I am currently using the Dr. H bronzing powder and loving it! It is very subtle and looks really natural on, I put it on and kind of "polish" it in for a few minutes, and then add a bit more for extra color. It stays Matte throughout the day and does not make my skin oily like a lot of other bronzers do. (I'm prone to oily skin in summer) It feels really "clean" on the skin (almost healthy?), and I will definitely purchase it again! Great product! Very Happy

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Fri Jul 21, 2006 7:43 am      Reply with quote
I use the L'Oreal facial tanning cloths on my face and neck, and I feel like it actually helps camouflage my hyperpigmentation. Maybe it just depends on a person's natural skin color and the severity of the hyperpigmentation/melasma. (?)

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