Melasma: 16 week Sente Cyspera Update!
I’m terrible about taking before and after pics in general but I’m really glad I did with this product. The first tube was gifted by the brand and Harbenhouse and I have since purchased backups. First pic is a B/W of before Cyspera on top and 16 weeks after starting on the bottom, the 2nd pic is the same pic in color, the last pic is from 2015 after I had already started my skin journey–meaning that pic is already an improvement compared to where I started. It’s been a long journey!
Quick background. I never wore sunscreen when I was little because I never burned. As an adult I only wore dedicated sunscreen when going to the beach. After having 2 kids, all that sun damage and hormones resulted in a face smattered with brown sun spots and dense grey/brown melasma across my cheeks and temples. Between 2011-2015, it’s difficult to find pics of my face without makeup or many pics of me at all. I wore 4 layers of makeup to cover up all the discoloration. I made this account when I discovered skincare and this community in 2016 as a way to document my journey and to share what I’ve learned.
In the spring of 2018 I tried 3 laser treatments that cost an arm and a leg as an attempt to get rid of the last of the melasma. It improved my melasma by about 30% but it CAME BACK!! I needed a more cost effective option. When I first started Cyspera I took out vitamin C, retinol, arbutin, tranexamic acid, strong AHAs for nearly 8 weeks in order to see the product in action on its own and to avoid any irritation to my sensitive skin. I also did not do any aesthetic procedures like lasers, needling, peels, IPL. I saw the fastest improvement during those weeks. For a detailed review at the 8 week mark search the hashtag beauty_unpluggedreviewsente. At about 12 weeks, results started to plateau. I’m really happy with the progress I’ve made and will move into the maintenance phase which is twice a week forever with continued religious SPF, sun avoidance, retinol, AHAs, and other brightening ingredients.