Melasma is a skin condition that affects plenty of women (mainly those in their 30s and 40s). It’s an extremely embarrassing condition because it affects your beauty. If you can’t stop but feel embarrassed by the melasma spots you have all over your face, don’t worry.
It’s possible to make those spots vanish. There are various treatment methods that you can begin on which can help reduce the spots and make them vanish completely in as little as few weeks.
In some cases, the condition may vanish in just a couple of days too (depending on the intensity of the condition).
Why and how is Melasma caused?
Melasma is a skin condition that occurs naturally when the skin cells begin producing an excess of the brown pigment – Melanin. Melanin is a pigment that imparts color to our skin.
When the pigment is produced in excess, the condition is called Hyper-Pigmentation. There are so many different form of hyper-pigmentation and melasma is one of them.
Treating an illness successfully is only possible when you’re clearly aware of what actually triggered the condition in the first place. With Melasma, research has been unable to find one main cause or trigger for the appearance of the skin condition. However, there seems to be a variety of different factors that trigger hyper-pigmentation.
Here are some of the most common factors that trigger Melasma (i.e. hyper-pigmentation)…
1. Prolonged Sun Exposure
Prolonged exposure to sun will naturally lead to increased production of melanin in skin cells throughout the body. Melasma is a skin condition that is naturally triggered when there is an excess exposure to sunlight. You can easily prevent this by wearing a sunscreen throughout the year.
2. Oral contraceptives and medications
If you take oral contraceptives or medications such as tetracycline, etc, there’s a high chance of melasma being triggered as hyper-pigmentation is a side effect of these contraceptives and drugs.
3. Hormonal Imbalances
Lastly, imbalances in the hormonal levels in the body can cause stress which in turn will lead to increased production of melanin in various skin cells throughout the body.
So if you have conditions such as hypothyroidism or any other kind of hormonal imbalance, there’s a high chance of melasma being triggered.
When it comes to curing Melasma, there are broadly two forms of therapy – Internal and External Therapy.
Internal Melasma Cure
Internal therapy involves making changes to your diet and your lifestyle so as to ensure that your body is functioning at optimum levels thereby preventing and eliminating melasma. Even though internal therapy has worked for many people who’ve had Melasma, it hasn’t yet been proven scientifically.
Internal cures for melasma include…
1. Vitamin C Intake
Vitamin C is known to reduce the production of melanin levels in the skin by cooling your body. One of the best ways to increase vitamin C intake in your body is to drink lemon juice daily (multiple times each day).
2. Green Tea
The reason why Green Tea works incredibly well for curing Melasma is due to its high concentration of anti-oxidants. If your Melasma has been triggered by hormonal imbalances caused due to toxins, Green Tea is one of the best drinks you can take.
It flushes out toxins present in your body and brings in essential antioxidants that nourish your skin cells. Have a glass of Green Tea once or twice daily without sugar (honey is a recommended replacement). You’ll see significant improvement in as little as 2 weeks.
External Melasma Cure
External cures for melasma includes application of topical creams, lotions and masks that can attack the external skin layers and inhibit the melanin production in these skin cells thereby making those spots vanish.
Application of topical products has been proven to work scientifically. Results can be seen in as little as two to three weeks for Melasma.
Some external cures for melasma include…
1. Onion Vinegar Mask
Application of onion vinegar masks a couple of times daily for 2 – 3 weeks can help make those melasma spots or any hyper-pigmentation related condition reduce.
Here’s how it’s done…
- Slice up the onion into small pieces
- Soak the onion pieces in vinegar for 1-2 hours
- Apply the onion slices on the spots in your skin.
- It may singe at first but it’s nothing to worry about
2. Lemon Juice Mask
A mask made with a combination of lemon juice, turmeric powder and yogurt can do wonders for your skin. It will not only help make these melasma spots vanish but also whiten your skin and make your skin glow.
Here’s how it’s done…
- Take some powdered turmeric on a plate
- Add a small amount of yogurt and lime juice onto the turmeric powder
- Make the mixture into a paste
- Apply the paste on the affected areas once daily
- Let it dry for 30 – 45 minutes
- Rinse clean
These cures will certainly work for you. In case none of these natural cures for melasma work, we strongly recommend that you give commercial skin whitening creams a try.