Left: Sheetal Rawal, scientist (human genetics) & founder of Apsara Skin Care
By: Sheetal Rawal
If you say that you want to have radiant skin without a single dark spot, I will not be surprised. You are not the only one; we all want it. But common skin conditions like melasma can take that away from your skin. If you are reading this, it is safe to assume that you are already struggling with not just melasma but also its psychological impact.
Melasma is caused when the skin pigment called melanin is disproportionately scattered under your skin causing brown patches. Hyperpigmentation of skin not only affects women but also men, who are just as exposed to its risk. At this point, I also take the liberty to assume that you have already tried chemical-laden topical creams and medication courses that hardly made any difference. They just expose your skin to harsh chemicals like hydroquinone that are known to do more harm than good. Hydroquinone is banned in many countries since serious risks associated with its use are beginning to surface.
Did you know that science has come around to believing in the effectiveness of natural ingredients? According to an American Academy of Dermatology Expert, Rebat M. Halder, natural products are showing great promise in the treatment of hyperpigmentation and melasma, as compared to topical medicated creams.
On that note, I urge you to stop relying on over-the-counter medications and place your faith in the hands of nature. There is nothing more long-lasting than a natural fix for melasma pigmentation. Here is my list of 5 natural melasma home remedies that will help fade the hyperpigmentation on your skin.
1. Apple Cider Vinegar: We have been using apple cider vinegar for a lot of things, such as helping indigestion or weight loss. But believe it or not, its acetic acid component also makes it one of the best natural remedies for melasma. Why live with these pesky spots when you have a solution right inside your kitchen cabinet? Use apple cider vinegar for melasma now!
To use apple cider vinegar for hyperpigmentation, mix equal parts of apple cider vinegar with water and apply it on the affected areas using a cotton ball. Wait for your skin to air dry before you gently rinse it with warm water. Follow this routine 1-2 times a week and never forget to use serum and lotion right after. Undernourished skin shows the appearance of hyperpigmentation or melasma far more readily.
Alternatively, you can also mix fresh tomato juice in equal parts with apple cider vinegar and apply it to the dark spots as one of the most reliable home remedies for melasma on face. The natural sulfur present in tomato juice can help restore the skin’s natural color and avoid future discoloration.
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lemon is acidic in nature and this helps your skin resurface. Citric acid found in lemon juice is an alpha hydroxy acid, which is famous for its melasma lightening properties. Vitamin C in lemon juice acts to reverse and keep in check free radical damage (e.g. from overexposure to the sun) that can aggravate melasma.
To use lemon for melasma, mix equal parts of lemon juice, vegetable glycerin, and Vitamin E oil. Apply on the affected areas 1-2 times a week. Wash in 15 minutes and apply serum and lotion. Many advocate using lemon juice alone, but I am strictly against it. Lemon juice is serious stuff! It can cause your skin to become dry and irritated if used excessively or undiluted.
3. Turmeric: Yes, good old turmeric is also one of the best home remedies for melasma. This yellow natural spice is used in many cultures to balance skin and fade melasma. The curcumin present in turmeric has serious antioxidant properties which means natural brakes on free radical damage to your skin. Turmeric is widely used in Ayurvedic skin care due to its natural healing properties. It has made a big launch worldwide as an esteemed superfood. Nothing beats its effectiveness as a skin care superstar. In Ayurveda, turmeric is known for its natural color balancing properties.
For this melasma remedy at home, Take 1/4 teaspoon of turmeric and mix it with 1 tablespoon of oat flour. Add rosewater to make a thick paste. Apply this face mask evenly to the affected areas and leave it on till dry. Wet with some water and gently roll it off your skin. Rinse it with warm water. Pat dry using a soft washcloth. Use serum and lotion.
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4. Aloe Vera Gel: I am sure you have heard about the hydrating properties of aloe vera. But did you know it is also known to be one of the most effective ways to regain your skin’s original color? This is because the plant hormones, auxins, and gibberellins in the aloevera for melasma help your skin resurface quickly. Aloe for melasma helps lighten blemishes and dark spots caused by excessive sun exposure and melasma discoloration. The potent antioxidant properties of aloe vera gel also protect your skin from damage caused by oxidative stress. It is best to use pure aloe vera gel for melasma. When part of your daily lotion, aloe vera can be even more useful since using it alone can cause dryness in some. But worry not; using pure aloe vera after toning and before applying serum and lotion can help eliminate this issue.
Get fresh gel from an aloe vera leaf and apply it to your skin, massaging it gently for 3-5 minutes. Leave it on for 20 minutes, then wash it off with warm water when dry. Follow with your serum and lotion. Use this simple remedy twice every week.
5. Tomato and Guava: Who would have thought that your favorite fruit combo could come to the rescue as one of the home remedies for hyperpigmentation? Remember how your mother always gave you guava to ward off tooth and gum problems? But did you know it can also give you fresh looking skin? Perhaps it is the lycopene in guava that helps. Mix it with some tomato pulp, and you have yourself a homemade solution for melasma! Tomatoes are a natural source of naturally occurring sulfur, which has skin resurfacing properties when used regularly.
For hyperpigmentation natural solutions, to a tablespoon of each tomato and guava, add 1 tablespoon of powdered brown sugar and plenty of water to make a thick paste. Apply this paste evenly on a patchy area of your skin. Leave it on for 12 minutes before washing it with lukewarm water. Always follow with your serum and lotion. Use 1-2 times a week.
Which one of these melasma herbal remedies are you most drawn towards? Let us know in the comments below. Share your favorite homemade remedy for melasma with us below.
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