Friday, November 21, 2014

Homemade Melasma Treatment !!!

Melasma is a skin condition which causes brown to gray-brown patches on the face. Most people get it on their cheeks, bridge of their nose, forehead, chin, and above their upper lip. It also can appear on other parts of the body that get lots of sun, such as the forearms and neck.You can use laser treatment for diminishment of melasma, creams, bleaching agents such as hydroquinone treatment and different skinn lotions. Chemical peels can also be used in the treatment of melasma.  Chemical peels help to break up the excess pigmentation in the skin and unveil normally pigmented skin.  The most effective treatment option for melasma is fractional laser resurfacing with a laser called the Fraxel Laser. ( A friend of mine had the lazer treatment and it was painfull with poor result). Melasma sometimes goes away spontaneously, that is without any treatment. But when it doesn't, it may be difficult to treat. But why not try first a homemade melasma treatment and the use of daily sunscreen is also mandatory.


1. Lemon Juice

The acidic nature of lemon juice also helps remove the outer layer of the skin, thereby eliminating a layer of the hyperpigmented skin.
  1. Extract the juice from one fresh lemon.
  2. Apply the juice on the affected areas and gently rub it around for one or two minutes.
  3. Leave the juice on for 20 minutes before rinsing it off with lukewarm water.
  4. Follow this remedy twice daily and you should see improvement within three weeks.

2. Apple Cider Vinegar

The acetic acid present in apple cider vinegar makes it a powerful bleaching agent, which helps remove spots and make the skin much smoother and more radiant.
  1. Mix together equal amounts of apple cider vinegar and water.
  2. Apply this solution on the melasma spots and allow it to air dry.
  3. Rinse it off with lukewarm water and pat dry the skin gently.
  4. Follow this remedy once daily.

3. Turmeric

Turmeric reduces the skin’s melanin and help combat melasma. The active ingredient curcumin in turmeric spice has antioxidant and skin-lightening properties.
  1. Mix five tablespoons of turmeric powder with 10 tablespoons of milk to make a paste. It is best to use whole milk because it has lactic acid and calcium that helps exfoliate and soften the skin.
  2. Add one tablespoon of gram flour to thicken the mixture.
  3. Apply this paste evenly on the affected area.
  4. Allow it to dry for 20 minutes. Then rinse it off with warm water and pat dry with a clean towel.
  5. Repeat this treatment daily for best results.

4. Onion Juice

 Onion juice has a range of sulfur-containing compounds that can fade dark patches or discoloration on the skin. Also, onion juice provides nourishment to the skin cells.
  1. Finely chop two to three onions.
  2. Put them in a piece of cheesecloth and squeeze it to extract the juice.
  3. Measure the onion juice and mix it with an equal amount of apple cider vinegar.
  4. Apply it on the affected area with a cotton ball.
  5. Leave it for 20 minutes, and then wash it off with warm water.
  6. Follow this remedy twice daily for a few weeks.

5. Aloe Vera Gel

-Can alleviate hyperpigmentation and restore your skin’s original color. It can also remove dead skin cells and promote regeneration of new skin cells.
  1. Cut open an aloe vera leaf and extract the fresh gel.
  2. Apply the gel thoroughly on the affected area and gently massage for one or two minutes.
  3. Leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes, and then wash it off with lukewarm water.
  4. Follow this remedy twice daily for a few weeks.

6. Oatmeal

Oatmeal  can remove brown spots on the face and dissolve dead skin cells to give you brighter, glowing skin.
  1. Mix together two tablespoons of oatmeal powder, two tablespoons of milk and one tablespoon of honey.
  2. Apply it on the affected area.
  3. Wait 20 minutes and rub off the mixture with water.
  4. Pat your face dry with a clean towel.
  5. Do this two or three times a week for a month.

7.  Papaya

 – Combine mashed papaya with honey. Soak a clean cloth in warm water, squeeze dry and apply the mixture on the cloth. Place the cloth over the face for 20 minutes, then rinse with warm water.  

8Tomatoes 

– Cut tomatoes in half and using circular motions, rub over the affected area for 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water.