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Manual Exfolation for Hyperpigmentation
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Mon Feb 26, 2007 7:27 pm      Reply with quote
I'm thinking of doing something that sounds like a bad idea, but I think might just work, considering a past experience I had. I have melasma on my upper lip, 1 spot on each cheek, and a bit on my forehead. Believe it or not, the upper lip is the only part that bothers me at all.
Not too long ago I saw a thread here about hyperpigmentation in which someone (I wish I could remember who!!) said that they use the smooth side of a nail file for manual exfolation of their melasma, along with other products. I have searched extensively to find this thread, but to no avail. If anyone can find this thread and point me in the right direction, I would be most grateful.
The reason why I think that this might work is due to an experience that I had not that long ago (this is probably going to sound funny). When my boyfriend and I started dating nearly a year ago, we used to spend hours making out. (Feeling very silly telling this story right now, but I do have a point!) Well he always had a little bit of stubble that was VERY rough on my upper lip. There was one area on the left side that was rubbed RAW from the friction of his little whiskers. Embarassed I kept Aquaphor on it and it healed in a week or so. To this day, that one spot of my lip is lighter than the rest, more like the color of the rest of my skin. So I was thinking - wouldn't I get the same effect on the rest of my melasma 'stache by utilizing the nail file exfolation technique? It seems logical enough to me.
I wanted to find the thread in which someone mentioned this in order to find out her routine, what other products she used, etc., before I go embarking on something that could be very irritating.
Any thoughts? Has anyone tried something similar for their melasma?
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