Patches of dark skin that appear on areas of the face exposed to the sun, melasma is a very common skin disorder. It is, however, more common in young women with a darker skin tone, but it can affect anyone.
Often associated with the female hormones estrogen and progesterone, the condition is common in pregnant women, women taking birth control pills, and women taking hormone replacement therapy (HRT).
Being in the sun makes melisma more likely to develop and the problem is more common in tropical climates.
The only symptom of melasma is change in skin color. However, this can cause distress about how you look.
The skin color changes are most often an even brown color and they usually appear on the cheeks, forehead, nose, or upper lip. Dark patches are usually symmetrical (matching on both sides of the face).
The exact cause of melasma remains unknown, but experts believe that the dark patches could be triggered by several factors, including pregnancy, birth control pills, hormone replacement therapy (HRT and progesterone), family history of melasma, race, antiseizure medications, and other medications that make the skin more prone to pigmentation after exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light.
Uncontrolled sunlight exposure is considered the leading cause of melasma, especially in individuals with a genetic predisposition to this condition. Clinical studies have shown that individuals typically develop melasma in the summer months, when the sun is most intense. In the winter, the hyperpigmentation in melasma tends to be less visible or lighter.
Melasma during pregnancy is called chloasma, or “the mask of pregnancy” and pregnant women experience increased estrogen, progesterone, and melanocyte-stimulating hormone (MSH) levels during the second and third trimesters of pregnancy. It is thought that pregnancy-related melasma is caused by the presence of increased levels of progesterone and not due to estrogen and MSH. Studies have shown that postmenopausal women who receive progesterone hormone replacement therapy are more likely to develop melasma. Postmenopausal women receiving estrogen alone seem less likely to develop melasma.
Avoiding the following food items helps in prevention and healing of melasma
- Spicy, salty foods and drinks
- Garlic and green chillies
- Curd (Yoghurt)
- Buffalo milk products
- Alcohol and alcoholic products
It is important to not add further toxicity to your system so try to adhere to the following:
Fruits like oranges, apples and grape fruit and vegetables like broccoli, cabbage and brussel sprouts should be taken. These contain calcium D- glucarate which prevents beta- glucuronidase, a bad enzyme formation in the gut. This bad enzyme helps in re-absorption of estrogen. Fiber included foods should also be taken to prevent the formation of excess estrogen.
- Do not consume any artificial sweeteners, such as Splenda, NutraSweet or Aspartame
- Do not consume high fructose corn syrup or mono-sodium glutamate.
- Do not drink any carbonated beverages.
- Avoid all fast food restaurants.
- Avoid all canned food.
- Eliminate conventional dairy products. The best dairy products are raw, unpasteurised and homogenised dairy from grass fed cows. If this is unavailable, then buy organic dairy.
- Avoid conventional beef. The best beef is organic grass fed beef. The second best is organic meat; this includes beef, veal, lamb, chicken and turkey. Check out www.grasslandbeef.com.
There are a number of important supplements that should be consumed to correct the hormone imbalances, which is the main cause of melasma. These include MSM, Vitamin C, CoQ10, Zinc, Probiotics and Calcium. Zinc and Vitamin C have a special function of lowering copper levels while MSM increases the permeability of cells allowing the copper to easily excrete out of the body. Similarly CoQ10 assists in more rapid cell turnover.
- Take Vitamin D3 50,000-100,000 International Units a day for periods of 4 weeks at a time.
- Wholefood supplements are the best way of ensuring your nutritional needs are met. The best we know on the market is Kevin Trudeau’s “KT Daily” product. You can find more details here.
- Take an Omega 3 supplement:
Prescription and non-prescription medication:
What non-prescription and prescription drugs are you taking? Your non-prescription and prescription are partially the reason that you have this illness or disease – you need to get off these medications but do so only under the guidance of a licensed health care practitioner.
We know that when the body is out of balance, energy doesn’t flow, leading blockages and eventually disease. Here are some things you can do to combat stress and restore balance:
- Go to a Dr Morter BEST (Bio-Energetic Synchronisation Technique) Practitioner.
- Sign up for Energetic Re-Balancing: 2 practitioners to consider are:
Stephen Lewis, founder of the Aim Program. Find out more by clicking here.
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- Consider using Mary Millers Iching System Products – ichingsystemsinstruments.com
- Reiki healing is very powerful in releasing stress and emotional baggage. Find a practitioner here.
- Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) has had remarkable results in dissolving stress. Find a local practitioner here or go to www.thetappingsolution.com or www.tftrx.com
- Try Hypnotherapy to relax the mind. Find a practitioner here.
Traditional Chinese Medicine – Ancient Healing www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/traditional_chinese_ancient_healing.php
The best way to cleansing and purification of the body www.naturalcures.com/recommends/
Mother Nature’s Natural Germ Fighters naturalhealthdossier.com/2012/03/mother-natures-natural-germ-fighters
Immune health NC_Newsletter_07-11.pdf
Squeaky Clean (Colonic Irrigation) www.naturalcures.com/squeaky-clean
Heal Your Body and Raise Your Consciousness – Qigong NC_Newsletter_12-08.pdf
Health Care that Won’t Cost You a Single Penny – EFT NC_Newsletter_12-06.pdf
Become Master of Your Mind – taking charge of your reaction to stress NC_Newsletter_12-10.pdf
Jump for Joy – Rebounding is a great stress busting workout NC_Newsletter_12-10.pdf
Hypnotherapy for stress management – why it is so effective www.naturalcures.com
How to reduce melisma www.youtube.com/watch?v=s4JZmz6DaFI
Facial mask for melasma www.youtube.com/watch?v=P6pHiGSWNIc
EFT for treating disease www.garythink.com/eft/physicial.htm
Further Information (links and books)
Herbs for melisma www.livestrong.com/article/149196-herbs-for-melasma/
Homeopathy and melisma www.drhomeo.com/pigmentation-2/facial-pigmentation-melasma-and-homeopathy
Melasma home remedies www.ayushveda.com/7-valuable-home-remedies-for-melasma
Traditional Chinese Medicine and melisma worldvitae.com/melasma-liver-spots-hyperpigmentation
Beat melasma with Ayurveda health.sify.com/beat-melasma-with-ayurveda
Prescription for Nutritional Healing, Fifth Edition: A Practical A-to-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies Using Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs & Food … A-To-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies) by Phyllis Balch
Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art by Kathi Keville and Mindi Green
Detox and revitalize by Susana L. Belen
The Secret Language of Your Body by Inna Segal
The Healing Herbs: The Ultimate Guide to the Curative Power of Nature’s Medicines by Michael Castleman and Prevention Magazine
Andrea Butje | Aromahead [email protected] – Aromatherapy
Carrie Vitt [email protected] – Organic food recipes.
David Spector-NSR/USA [email protected] – Meditation, stress
Judith Hoad [email protected] – Herbalist.
Kath May [email protected] – Reiki, Tai Chi.
Lillian Bridges [email protected] – Chinese medicine, living naturally.
Monika [email protected] – Aromatherapy.
Rakesh [email protected] – Ayurvedic Practitioner.