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Home Remedies for Melasma

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Melasma, which means skin hyperpigmentation, is a very common skin condition. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, melasma affects an estimated six million people in the United States and is more common among women than men.

Melasma interferes with the natural color of the skin and leads to the formation of brown patches on the face.

The main cause of melasma is excess melanin production in skin cells due to excessive sun exposure. However, other factors also contribute to this problem, including hormonal changes in the body, excessive stress, toxins, thyroid problems and use of birth control pills.

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Often melasma is mistaken for freckles or age spots. But brown spots on the face due to melasma typically will be larger, darker and have irregular shapes.

As brown spots on the face are a beauty concern for many, there are many medicines and treatment options available in the market. Before opting for such treatments, bear in mind they may have side effects.

Instead, you can check your kitchen cupboards, spice cabinet and refrigerator for natural ingredients that can be used at home to treat melasma. These natural remedies will help you restore your skin color without side effects.

home remedies for melasma

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Here are the top 10 home remedies for melasma.

1. Lemon Juice

Lemon juice is a natural skin lightener with superb astringent properties. 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 it on the affected areas and gently rub it around for one or two minutes.
  3. Leave it 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.

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  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 can also reduce 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 is another effective home remedy to restore your natural skin tone. 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

Due to the presence of mucilaginous polysaccharides in aloe vera gel, it 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 is an amazing natural exfoliating agent that 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.

Home Remedies for Melasma was last modified: December 8th, 2017 by Top10HomeRemedies
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16 thoughts on “Home Remedies for Melasma”

  1. ive had dark melasma for 15 years. it has covered nearly my entire face causing me to have to wear foundation makeup *which i dont like*. ive tried every product available with little results, if any. last night i tried the onion/vinegar mix. i put it on my face not expecting much and left it for about 20 minutes. OMG the results are amazing! right off im starting to see some actual skin color in tiny spots here and there! the coloring was also faded to the point where i almost recognized myself! it isnt gone completely by any means but this is hopeful. to anyone that has this predicament i highly suggest trying that method…its working for me at an astounding rate…i expect within 2 or 3 weeks i can actually be foundation free! excited!!! 😀 *ps: i cut the onions into slices and soaked them in distilled white vinegar for 2 hours and put them directly on my face. i dont know if theres any difference between which type of vinegar you use but this worked for me like wow*

    1. Hi Val,
      I’ve had it for a while as well, probably after I had my son and I too have to wear foundation which I don’t like either. I have a question for you, just to clarify, you put the soaked slices of onion on your face? or just the juice? I did the mix today but couldn’t remember if it was sliced or cut into pieces. I cut them into little squared pieces and put the vinegar/onion mix (just the liquid) on my face. It stung and my eyes wanted to cry for a bit, but it started going away maybe after 10 minutes. Hope to hear from you soon. Thank you

  2. the sun could only reveal the damage that exist. there is a huge confusion between what the sun does and does not do. The sun can only add to the color of the damaged skin that is already there. I strongly believe it’s a hormone problem if the onions help is because it detoxes at skin level.

    1. Hello, I was reading the comments and found yours. I have had melasma for many years and had also had hormone test and although the results look fine, I still believe this is also an hormone issue, since I also have an slight shadow of melasma on the side of my tongue. Many doctors have mentioned melasma, pero non a solution, but putting sunblock or skin products. Any suggestion on your behalf? Thank you in advance 🙂

  3. I’m going to try the onion and apple cider vinegar mixture because I have spent thousands of dollars to no avail on my face. I hope it works. Stay tune………

  4. Hi,I am pria from india.melasma is very common amongst Indian women.i am suffering from it from past 3years. I have wasted lot of amount on chemical peels,but it didn’t work for me.
    Then I started protecting my skin from direct sunlight with the help of sunscreen and scarf.it really showed improvement.so I would suggest to all women,who deserve to be always beautiful that please use sunscreen with at least 40+spectrum and cover your face with cotton scarf.beside this don’t touch the skin of your face more often.at night allow your skin to breathe and to sweat-for this wash your face with any mild face wash and sleep without Applying anything on face.yessss”secret revealing “-himalaya bleminor cream.affordable,and can switch it anytime without any side effects….be natural and beautiful!!!!

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