Disclaimer: This product that I am reviewing today has been prescribed to me by a doctor and should only be applied after consulting a certified doctor. I am reviewing this product to let you people know that ointments like these are available in the market which remove scars and hyperpigmentation. This product has worked effectively for me, but it doesn’t mean it would work for you in the same way. Doctor’s recommendation should be sought before purchasing the cream.
When we receive skin related queries on “Ask IMBB,” we always advise people to consult a dermatologist for the related issue. We do this because good dermatologists do have some magic potions that treat skin issues overnight. Today, I am going to review a dermatologist-prescribed product for those who are struggling to remove patches, acne marks, hyperpigmentation from their skin. This has worked wonderfully for me, but as stated in the disclaimer, please consult your doctor before using it.
Rs. 118 for 15 gm.
Mild stinging to severe irritation has been reported when using this preparation. Occasional hypersenstivity (localized contact dermatitis may develop). If hypersensitivity occurs, the medication should be discontinued and physician consulted immediately).
My Take on Melacare Ointment:
For me, this ointment has worked like “MAGIC.” When I started using this ointment, applying it overnight and washing it off the next morning, I was not expecting such drastic results; however, within 3 days, a lot of my scars, sun burns, and bleach reactions cleared away. There were some sun burn patches near my eye area that cleared off completely. Though I think stubborn acne marks are taking longer, around 1 to 10 days to clear up completely, it is working on all types of scars. This ointment consists of three main ingredients – Hydroquinone, Tretinoin, and Mometasone Furoate.
Here is a bit info about all three of them (source: wikipedia):
In medical literature, hydroquinone is considered the primary topical ingredient for inhibiting melanin production. Its components have potent antioxidant abilities. Topical hydroquinone comes in 2% (available in cosmetics) to 4% (or more) concentrations (available from a physician or by prescription), alone or in combination with tretinoin 0.05% to 0.1%. Research has shown hydroquinone and tretinoin to prevent sun- or hormone-induced melasma.
Tretinoin is the acid form of vitamin A and is also known as all-trans retinoic acid or ATRA. It is a first generation topical retinoid commonly used to treat acne vulgaris. Users of tretinoin have to avoid sunlight, as the skin can tan. Using tretinoin makes the skin more sensitive to UVA and UVB rays.
Mometasone furoate is used in the treatment of inflammatory skin disorders (such as eczema and psoriasis), allergic rhinitis (such as hay fever), asthma for patients unresponsive to less potent corticosteroids.
With me, its a vicious circle, I clear off scars by using Melacare, then I get acne and I pick on them, and have to use Melacare again :( The first marks to disappear are sunburns and allergic reaction patches. Acne marks take some time to fade away but they do go away nonetheless.
This cream has helped me control acne, but I strictly use this as anti-scar ointment. I do not like to use it as an anti-acne ointment. For controlling acne, I use Adapalene gel.
- This is a very effective anti-hyperpigmentation cream and quickly aids in cell renewal, but at the same time, it makes skin super sensitive to sun. I had once stepped out without any sunscreen and immediately got a sun burn and I had to use Melacare again to get rid of that patch. So, wear a good-quality sunscreen with high protection that would suit your skin type even when you are not stepping out under direct sun.
- Once the pigmentation marks clear up, don’t use this cream repeatedly over the area. It might give white patches.
- Use this ointment strictly as spot treatment on the affected area and not on the entire face.
- Once you see your face clearing up, you would be tempted to use it as a fairness cream, but please don’t. Everything done in excess is bad, there are so many non-medicated creams available, try those
I have reviewed this cream for all those who have used a zillion creams and treatments to get rid of scars/marks/pigmentation and have now lost hope. Ask your doctor whether you can use this cream, and see how it works
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