This post is mostly for Laura, who asked for these resources...
Last fall, a friend of mine asked for suggestions to get rid of what she called the "zebra stripe" on her forehead. Basically, a dark skin discoloration. These can be caused by sun exposure, hormones, and I don't know what else!
I did a little research and suggested:
1. A professional strength glycolic peel.
I am a huge fan of glycolic acid. I love the idea of chemically exfoliating the skin. It evens out the skin tone, physically smooths it out and brightens everything. I used to struggle with any tiny blemish on my face leaving a scar for months. Now, because of all the glycolic products I use, scars fade so much faster. You just have to remember to be super diligent about sunscreen, since your skin will be much more vulnerable and exposed, with layers gone.
She had great luck with this peel. Start it out at once a week for a few weeks, then twice a week if your skin can handle it. Never overdo it or you'll be peely for quite some time. I like to use a very mild cleanser anyways, but especially around the time of doing peels.
I am a firm believer in good skincare. And stuff like this means you have to wear less makeup!
2. A Hydroquinone Product
Hydroquinone is a lightening agent. It is sold over the counter in 2% dosages, or 4% with a prescription. My dermatologist once gave me some for the acne scars that used to plague me...until I discoverd glycolic acid, of course.
This product you use specifically on the discoloration. Again, ramp up the amount of sunscreen you use, as that's how many discolorations get so bad in the first place.
Philosophy- A Pigment of Your Imagination (with SPF 18)