3 Best Natural Remedies to Get Rid of Melasma
Melasma is a rather distressing condition that is also known as the “mask of pregnancy” and is caused by increased levels of estrogen and progesterone. As pregnancy advances, these two hormones signal the skin to stimulate more of the melanocytes cells that cause darker skin. These darker areas usually target the cheeks, forehead and chin and the more sun exposure you get, the darker those spots will become. Some genetic factors may also influence your predisposition to contract melasma, but pregnancy generally brings this problem into the forefront when it may have been lying dormant for years. For those women who are combating melasma, there may be some home remedies for lightening these darkened pigment areas.
Some of the best natural skin brighteners can be found in your kitchen, and have been used for centuries by beauty minded women around the world. In fact, since porcelain white skin has been in vogue for so many years, there are some exceptional tried and true methods that you can use without risk of adverse side effects. For example one of the best natural skin brighteners is buttermilk. Buttermilk contains high concentrations of lactic acid, which will naturally lighten the skin. Women of old used to “bleach” their skin with buttermilk, and this may be one of the methods used by Cleopatra to achieve her legendary milky white skin.
Lemons are another exceptional way to use natural skin brighteners at home. Lemons contain vitamin C and salicylic acid – two great lighteners and exfoliant agents. Lemons can be rubbed on the skin and left for a period of time. Used regularly, this will not only lighten the skin but can also help decrease incidences of acne because the salicylic acid will decrease oil production as well. However, on a cautionary note, lemons can also dry out the skin especially if you are prone to dry skin anyway, so only use once a week until you can see how your skin will react to the lemons.
Brown sugar scrubs will help exfoliate the old, darker pigmented skin cells and encourage the production of new cells. While brown sugar scrubs will not lighten the skin itself, it speeds up the turnover of darker cells to lighter cells through the exfoliating properties of the course brown sugar granules. This is a very safe and gentle way to clear the melasma areas and to enjoy a beautiful and even skin tone.