Do I look happy? NOOOOOO!!!!!
I haven't been taking the best care of myself, I'll admit it. I've been crazy stressed, don't sleep like I should and haven't been eating right. So, when a few months ago when I started getting dark spots on my face I was concerned. I changed my facial products. No avail. I tried to sleep more. No luck. I am trying to drink more water. Nope. So, I purchased OTC Esoterica fade cream. That worked a tiny bit but I was still concerned because it wasn't really working. Dark marks on the face...not cute. I had to wear concealer/foundation moisturizer and I don't like concealer and foundation.
I finally broke down and contacted my dermatologist but it was 45 days to see her. Not good enough. I looked for reviews for other top dermatologists. I made an appointment with one since the wait was only a week. Immediately (when I walked through the door) I knew I wouldn't like this dermatologist but my face needed help. She gave me a more potent lightening cream, Obagi. I used this stuff for 2 weeks and my face got worse. As a matter of fact the chemicals burned my face.
Uh, oh. Not happy.
I contacted my regular dermatologist and begged for an emergency appointment. I went the next day and she looked at my face and said "What happened to you?" I told her the story and she said the treatment was too strong for my skin since I have sensitive skin. She also informed me that the burn went down a layer or two on my face and the only way to get the discoloration out now is a combination of natural lightening products and laser.
So, let's talk how much money I'm out now. I paid $115 to the first doctor for treatment and products that made me worse. My regular doctor (who I trust) says I need new products and laser. Products and office visit $365. Laser which I haven't had yet $350.
Oh, and what did this all start from? Hormones I'm told. WHAT?????
Is this what I have to continue looking forward to in my 40s? HORMONES messing up my life, body and face? I've been taking hormones for 5 years now and I'm just 40! I wonder if I need a new prescription or if this is par for the course. I'm not coming off of them because the doctor said I'm too young and they have their benefits of which I'm totally in support of.
I guess until this goes away it's concealer and foundation. Any good recommendations out there?