Can you clear melasma naturally?
What are the root causes of melasma and can they be balanced naturally?
By Diana Drake - July 13, 2021
Can you get rid of melasma? Are there natural treatments available for melasma? What are the root causes of melasma?
Melasma is a FRUSTRATING condition where the melanocytes are over-expressing, causing dark pigment in the face. The pigment gets especially dark with exposure to the sun and some women report the melasma beginning or worsening with pregnancy or certain hormonal birth control.
Western medical and dermatology treatments include the use of hydroquinone, a chemical tyrosinase inhibitor that stops the melanocyte from being able to express melanin. Skin lighteners that contain bleach-like ingredients are also commonly used. But as well all know, once you stop using the creams, the melasma returns. So what is the root cause of this condition and how can we correct it holistically?
In my practice I have found that a hormonal imbalance is a common thread for those who come to me with this condition, estrogens especially need to be balanced here. We start with a saliva hormone test to get your baseline and a protocol of herbal and/or homeopathic remedies are used. Additionally when balancing the hormones, xenoestrogens and endocrine disrupters need to be removed from the cellular receptor sites. This means deeply detoxing the bodies elimination organs is key as well as preventing further contact with xenoestrogens in the future. Sources of xenoestrogens include plastics, cosmetics, toxic home cleaning products and chemicals in our food and water supply.
Topical therapies include hydroquinone-free, bleach-free and non-toxic redox technology anti-oxidant creams that are applied daily. There are also some herbal supplements that help the body adjust to exposure to radiation from the sun. During this process, it is imperative that sun exposure on the face is completely eliminated.
For those women who are coming of birth control, it is important to understand that it will take additional time to re-balance the body - and in general healing melasma naturally will take time and patience. If you are suffering from melasma and would like to discuss this natural protocol, please use the "Book Consultation" button on the website to schedule a complimentary phone call. Help is available weather you are located in Lone Tree / Denver Colorado area or are out of state.