What is melasma? Melasma is moreover, recognized as the mask of pregnancy or chloasma. Melasma is a very common spotty brown or blue-gray facial skin discoloration spot that almost of the women might have seen in the reproductive years. It normally emerges on the upper cheeks, forehead, upper lip as well as on the chin of women with age of 20-50 years. Melasma is generally seen in Indian women between the age of 25-55. It is very familiar throughout pregnancy, but the patches depart after pregnancy.
In early days melasma was, firstly, considered as sun tan. However, upcoming researches to have revealed that different indications like hormonal imbalances, pregnancy and intake of contraceptive pills for a long-period can also lead to this situation. According to some statistic’s and study it have been found that the people with dark skin like Asian, Middle Eastern have higher possibilities of getting melasma than others.Even though it is uncommon in males, some cases have also been reported in males
What are signs of Melasma?
There are various thought and studies, there are liable for the Melasma such as intake of hormones such as birth control pills, sun exposure for longer time as well the internal hormonal changes during pregnancy. In most of the cases, it has been found that the people with a daily routine or periodic sun exposure had more cases.
Types of Melasma
According to studies and research it have been found that there are three types of Melasma or so called discoloration- hyper-pigmentation that generally appear on the face.
1.Centro Facial Melasma :This types of melasma generally affects the center part of the face with High incidence affecting the forehead, cheeks, upper lip, nose and chin.
2.Malar Melasma : This types of melasma generally affects the cheek areas including the upper cheeks.
3.Mandibular Melasma : This types of melasma generally affects the area of jaw bones.
It have also been studied that melasma affecting is very less on the other parts of the body such as neck, forearms.
Melasma Ayurvedic Treatment
As per Ayurveda saying facial beauty is the indication of mental, spiritual and physical being. It is a holistic medicine which addresses the problem from outside as well as inside. Hence, Ayurveda advises the traditional detoxification remedies driven along with rejuvenation remedies for this condition.
Ayurveda recommends a pacific therapy in eight different steps for a period of 28-40 days for the complete cure of melasma. These facial treatment works toward the rectification of the blood circulation by way of the skin that in turn to detoxicate and revitalizes itself. Although the results might be slow but gives best effects than any other modern medicine or chemical based creams.
1.Aloe Vera Application:According to modern researchers, it has been found that aloe Vera consists of mucilaginous polysaccharides (MPS) that has a significant result on lightening the dark spots. Aloe Vera also mitigates and lightens brown spots and other blemishes. Ayurveda suggests this must be applied gently on the face and washing off after minutes.
2.Orange Peel/Oatmeal Application:Take a fresh Orange peel/oatmeal mixed with milk apply this mixture on the infected area. Leave the mixture for about 30 minutes then rinse it off with warm water and perfectly dry with a clean towel. It is a good skin exfoliation that can lighten skin mark in very few days.
3.Turmeric Paste Application:Turmeric play an important role in Ayurveda,the curcumin contain in it have a good antioxidant as well as skin lighting properties.Turmeric paste can be used on melasma for better result.It’s recipe is very simple take 5/6 tablespoon of turmeric with milk mix it well.Now add one tablespoon of gram flour in it apply gently to the affected areas and wash after 30 to 35 minutes with warm water.
4.Almond Paste Application:Almond paste with honey is also a good remedy for melasma.As both honey both almond are full of proteins it have a best effect on skin-lightening.One can use this paste by mixing one cup of raw unsalted almonds with half cup of honey.Blend the mixture into paste and rub gently onto effected area and rinse after 30 minutes.
5.Lemon Juice Application:Apply lemon juice is also very effective remedy for melasma.Lemon contain citric acid,that helps to lighten skin.Its implementation is very simple squeeze a fresh lemon on your hand and apply it on affected areas. Now slowly rub and risen it after 20 minutes.
6.Paste Of Onion seed Application:Make the paste of onion seeds apply the paste on the effected area leave it for 15 minutes till it dries.Wash the face with water.
7.Tulsi paste Application:Take some fresh tulsi leaves extract juice from leaves and mix camphor in it,apply this thick paste on effected area and wash it after it dries.
8.Thriphala choornam Application:Thriphala choornam is used as face wash to prevent and cure melasma.To use as application you must take 2 spoons of Triphala choornam with 300 ml of water and keep it to soak for overnight.Boil this water till the colour comes to brown,filter it and apply this warm water to clean the effected area gently and later apply above pastes.
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