Melasma is one of the most common skin conditions affecting the lives of women from all over the world. According to a latest research, over 5 million women in the United States are battling dark colored patches on their face. Melasma marks are mostly brown, but in some women they may appear as a combination of blue, grey and black. These patches mostly appear on nose, cheeks and upper lips.
This condition can also affect men but its prevalence in males is very low. According to the survey, only 5% of the melasma sufferers in America were men while remaining were all women, young and old, married and unmarried. The exact cause of melasma is yet to be known but it is mostly associated with hormonal imbalances. Two female reproductive hormones, estrogen and progesterone are associated with this type of pigmentation. Another major cause of melasma is excessive sun exposure. In this condition the melanocytes start producing more melanin – a pigment that adds colour to your skin and hairs. Ultraviolet rays of sun are known to further stimulate melanin production, thus worsening the condition.
There are countless time tested natural remedies that you can use to get rid of Melasma marks. Some of them have been listed below:
Lemon juice is not only the most effective but also the simplest home remedy for melasma marks. Fresh lemons are readily available. Take a fresh lemon, wash it and cut into halves to squeeze its juice. Apply the juice on the marks and gently massage the skin for a couple of minutes. After that, leave the lemon juice on for 15 minutes before rinsing the face off with lukewarm water. Repeat this process daily for a couple of months to see any improvement in the appearance of melasma marks. Since lemon juice is acidic, it also helps remove the outermost damaged layers of skin revealing fresh skin underneath.
Apple Cider Vinegar:
Apple cider vinegar also comprises a remarkable natural treatment for melasma patches. Women have been consuming apple cider vinegar since ages for weight loss, but you may not be familiar with the skin bleaching properties of this product. Dilute one table spoon of apple cider vinegar by mixing it with equal amount of water. Apply it to the Melasma treatment and let it air dry (almost 20 minutes). Wash your face off with lukewarm water and pat dry gently. Follow this remedy once daily and see your skin becoming smoother and radiant.
Note: Both lemon juice and apple cider vinegar are acidic in nature and make skin extremely sensitive to sunlight. So don’t forget to wear sunscreen before going out in sun. Otherwise you may end up worsening the condition.
Both these remedies are very effective but they need time and patience before you will be able to see any improvement in your skin tone and texture. If you are seeking an instant fix for melasma, Intense Pulsed Light Therapy may be worth considering. Laser Skin Care also offers some really effective melasma treatments. If you are interested, contact us today by filling our free online consultation form.