Melasma Treatment Over The Counter – Effective or Not?

Melasma Treatment

Melasma is a discoloration of the skin that is exposed to the sun, typically the face. Melasma treatment can range from a wait-and-see approach to topical medications to laser treatments.

Melasma, also known as chloasma, is one of a variety of skin pigmentation disorders. Melasma most often affects younger women with brownish pigmentation in their skin. Also known as the mask of pregnancy, melasma is related to estrogen and progesterone. This disorder is common in women who are pregnant, on hormone replacement therapy, or oral contraceptives. Sun exposure increases the risk. Your doctor can usually diagnose melasma just by looking. Sometimes a Wood’s lamp is used to make a closer examination and prescribe the right treatment.

Melasma treatment is a decision you should make with your doctor. Medical melasma treatment includes special creams containing azelaic acid, kojic acid, and tretinoin; topical steroid creams; and chemical peels. Laser may be the hyperpigmentation treatment of choice in more severe cases. In addition to melasma treatment, one should stay out of the sun and/or use sunscreen faithfully.

Melasma natural treatment options are available. These treatments try to normalize the skin cells that make pigment. One treatment calls for mixing equal parts of apple cider vinegar and water and applying it to the skin with cotton balls. Another approach is to apply freshly squeezed lemon juice to the affected areas using a cotton ball. Lemon juice is known to be a bleaching agent. A third (and more odorous) treatment is to grind two onions until you get a paste. Squeeze the paste to get out all the juice. Mix the juice with a bit of apple cider vinegar and apply. For all of these natural treatments, you should leave the cotton ball with the solution on your face for a few minutes and then rinse clean.