Melasma from the point of view of Ayurveda
Melasma is a skin condition where a person has brown to grey-brown patches on their cheeks, forehead, chin, or above the upper lip. It can be caused by excessive exposure to sunlight, lack of melanin or vitamin D in the skin, excessive or uneven usage of birth control pills, hormone replacement therapy, and also during pregnancy. The incidence of melasma also increases in patients with thyroid disease. Stress-induced overproduction of melanocyte-stimulating hormones can cause outbreaks of this condition. From an Ayurvedic perspective, melasma is caused by an imbalance in the tridosha. In Ayurveda, melasma is associated with Vata, Pitta Dosha, and psychological factors such as anger, sorrow, and mental exertion.
How Ayurvedic doctors treat melasma
Melasma is treated with Ayurvedic therapy like panchakarma and ayurvedic herbal remedies.
Ayurveda offers great herbal combinations that combat pigmentation. Its unique blend of herbs has natural moisturizing properties. They help refine skin tone, minimize pigmentation marks, and clear blemishes.
The treatment can be started after confirming a specific diagnosis and determining the cause of the problem under the supervision of an Ayurvedic doctor.
Tips for effective Ayurvedic treatment of melasma:
- Apply aloe vera gel to the affected areas
- Massage 1 cup of uncooked oats and 1/2 cup of milk directly onto the affected areas; leave on for 30 minutes
- Combine 5-6 tbsp turmeric + 10 tbsp milk + 1 g flour. Massage the paste into the affected areas gently and leave it on for 30 minutes
- Combine one cup of raw, unsalted almonds and half a cup of honey. Blend the mixture until it becomes a paste. Gently massage the mixture into the affected skin