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Melasma Natural Remedies

Melasma is a disease that occurs in areas where sun exposure is extreme. It is an acquired disease and is characterized by the pigmentation of skin. This condition is usually aggravated by pregnancy, taking oral contraception, over exposure to the sun and also by taking drugs for treating epilepsy.

Melasma occurs commonly in women. Only about 10% of the reported cases are male. This condition is also somehow related to ethnicity. It has been observed that there are more incidences of this disorder in Latinos and Asians than any other race.
This condition often gets apparent during extended periods of exposure to the sun or immediately after it. Melasma becomes much less obvious during winters or periods when the sun is not bright. Usually, this condition causes three distinct facial patterns.

Causes of Melasma:

  • Pregnancy
  • Oral contraceptives
  • Endocrine dysfunction
  • Genetic factors
  • Medications
  • Nutritional deficiency
  • Hepatic dysfunction
  • Melasma Treatment

Fortunately, the cure for melasma is simple. It has been seen that with time, sun blocks and skin bleach can cure melasma. According to latest research, mandelic acid, an alpha hydroxy acid, has been successfully used as a melasma remedy. This melasma cure has worked well for the skin types which don’t show improvement with topical treatment.  
However, sunscreen still remains the most viable treatment as well as one of the best melasma prevention methods. In fact, if you look hard enough, there might be a natural melasma treatment right in your kitchen. Here are some of the natural skin care remedies that you can use from your kitchen:

  • Mix two parts of vinegar with two parts of water. Use this weak vinegar solution to cleanse your face. You may even use this weak solution to rinse your face. The acetic acid in the vinegar can help to brighten the skin and lighten any pigmentation that might have occurred. It also helps to retain the moisture in your skin and makes your skin look brighter and smoother. 
  • Chop an onion and blend it. Put the blended onion in a piece of cheesecloth and squeeze it hard so as to extract the juice. Mix two parts of the juice in vinegar. Use a cotton ball to apply this solution on the affected areas. Keep using this for several weeks. You will soon start seeing results.
  • Puree a tomato and add a spoon of fresh lemon juice to it. Apply this mixture to your face and arms and allow it to dry before you rinse it off with cold water. This mixture acts as mild bleach and will help to prevent and treat melasma.