Melasma is a common skin disease and can affect people of all races, ages and genders. It can be characterized by patchy brown, blue-gray or brown discoloration of the facial skin that most commonly occurs in women. The disease usually affects the facial skin and neck – most commonly on the cheeks, forehead, upper lip and chin.
The main cause of skin problem development is the presence of too much melanin in the skin cells, mainly due to exposure to sunlight. Factors contributing to the disease include a sedentary lifestyle, thyroid problems, toxins, hormonal changes, and the use of contraceptive pills.
Those of you who have melasma may have problems with your kitchen:
Turmeric, also known as Haldi, has a variety of health benefits to offer a popular kitchen ingredient. Turmeric is an excellent source to cure skin problems. The active ingredient curcumin contains antioxidants that help to reduce melanin production in the skin cells. It frees the body of all toxins and helps with skin problems such as acne and pimples.
Use: Mix 5 tbsp turmeric with 10 tbsp milk and apply to skin affected by melasma. Wash it with lukewarm water after it has completely dried.
Also read: Amazing Benefits and Uses of Turmeric
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar Contains Acetic Acid This makes it an effective ingredient that removes blemishes and gives you radiant skin.
Use: Mix the same amount of apple cider vinegar and water. Apply daily to the affected skin for effective results.
Raw lemon juice is an incredible remedy to cure all skin problems. It has astringent properties that lighten the dark spots, and the acidic nature of the lemon eliminates the hyperpigmented skin.
Application: Lemon squeeze the lemon juice from a lemon, apply to the melasma stains and rub gently for 2-3 minutes, three times a week to get the best results.
This multi-purpose fruit offers numerous health benefits. It is a natural and effective remedy for melasma and is readily available in the marketplace. Papaya contains a natural enzyme that removes dead and damaged skin cells. It also restores the natural color of the skin.
Use: Make a paste of some papaya pieces and add 2 tablespoons of honey. Mix and apply thoroughly to face to eliminate the problem. Wash with lukewarm water after 20 minutes.
Aloe Vera has moisturizing properties and contains an extract called Mucilaginous Polysaccharides that lighten skin blemishes and dark spots caused by sun exposure and melasma discoloration. Aloe vera also protects the skin from damage caused by oxidative stress.
Use: Take an aloe vera leaf and cut it in half with a knife. Gently massage the skin for 4-5 minutes and let it work for 20 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water and use a lotion to moisturize your skin.
Read also: Benefits of Aloe Vera for Skin, Digestion and More
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