Many women suffer from blotchiness or pigmentation issues. These can be termed ‘hyperpigmentation’ or ‘melasma’ or ‘chloasma’ and are commonly seen after pregnancy or the start of birth control pills. Dr. Joel Schlessinger and his website,, offer advice and product choices for effective treatment of these conditions and more.

At the Medline Plus site by the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health, multiple risk factors are listed for hyperpigmentation:

  • History of skin inflammation
  • Medication use
  • Endocrine diseases
  • Too much iron
  • Sun exposure

If you have hyperpigmentation, you’re probably more concerned about what to do than the causes – and so Dr. Joel Schlessinger offers his recommendations here.

The Obagi Nu-Derm Starter Kit: the #1recommendation

Obagi Nu-Derm Skin Care Starter Set (Gentle Cleanser - Normal to Dry)

The Obagi Nu-Derm Starter Kit includes the full-sized products you need for your hyperpigmentation, along with a travel bag and the information needed to appropriately use this skin cell renewal kit.

Here’s what is included in the skin renewal starter kit:

Step 1: Nu-Derm Gentle Cleanser – For Normal/Dry Skin
Step 2: Nu-Derm Toner
Step 3: Nu-Derm Clear
Step 4: Nu-Derm Exfoderm – For Normal/Dry Skin
Step 5: Nu-Derm Blender
Step 6: Nu-Derm Sunfader SPF 15
Step 7: Nu-Derm Healthy Skin Protection SPF 35

Neocutis Blanche Skin Lightening Cream

Neocutis Blanche Skin Lightening Cream: the #2 recommendation

The Neocutis Blanche Skin Lightening Cream contains 4% hydroquinone and actually disrupts the skin’s darkening cycle, so you should see noticeable improvement in your hyperpigmentation in as little as four weeks. This is a fast-absorbing cream that improves your skin’s brightness and radiance.

Lumixyl MD Products

Lumixyl MD products: the # 3 recommendation

The advanced peptide technology of the Lumixyl product line reduces the production of melanin to improve skin tone. You’ll notice a brighter complexion with only 8 to 10 weeks of use. This formula will not cause an allergic reaction and your skin will not become more sensitive to the sun. Plus, it’s safe for prolonged use.

Posted Friday, April 20th, 2012 at 1:34 am
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Responses to “If you have too much melanin in your skin, this condition is called hyperpigmentation. Dr. Joel Schlessinger recommends products for you.”

Alison Freifeld Cowan

I have multiple areas of hyperpigmentation scarring on both shins and upper arms, from inflammatory lesions (red itchy bumps that appear spontatneously over last few years and fail to resolve with steroid creams–last months). Unable to wear skirts or dresses as legs so scarred. Any solutions available? Need to wear a dress for an event in early September.

Am using Obagi on face so started to apply CLEAR to legs this week….will that suffice?
I’m a physician at UNMC and can give further history if needed. Please let me know if it is worthwhile seeing Dr. Schlessinger for this problem.


Hi Alison,
I think it might be a good idea to be seen. Pls call the office at 402-334-7546 to set up an appointment. Have a great day! Joel Schlessinger MD

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