Sorry to hear what has been going on, but I do totally understand how you feel, it is very depressing....I went to my derma dr and she wrote me a script for a bleaching cream, which works very well...unlike you I have it on my cheeks and forehead....and I hate it...after using the bleaching cream, when it has faded to where I like, then I use retin-a cream which has helped also......it can be caused by the sun, your hormones, a number of things.....mine are caused by the hormones that I take. If you are in the sun alot or tanning bed it will just make them darker...so use a sunscreen....and if you do already then go to a higher SPF....and also if you use a self tanner, do not put it on your face...because it will only make them darker.....hope that helps....
P.S. Also...yes the retin-a is expensive (around $50, but there is a new cream out that is just as good, and unlike the retin-a this one is covered by your health insurance) but not as expensive as having a chemical peel which is a waste of money....they don't work...believe me, I use to be in the business. So don't waste your money on the chemical peel...just have your dr write a script for you, you will be glad you did.
[This message has been edited by sakara33 (edited 07-15-2003).]