Melasma is also called cholasma which is a hyper-pigmentation, usually on the face. It is sometimes called the pregnancy mask. Melasma is mostly seen in women. It is a brown discoloration of the skin.
Causes of melasma can come from a genetic tendency. During pregnancy it can appear and go away after giving birth. It may also be caused from estrogen-based birth control. Modern medicine considers melasma a cosmetic problem and treats the condition with toxic chemicals or lasers. It does not address underlying causes.
Natural remedies for melasma include two perspectives; 1) Chinese medicine considers brown spots of the skin as a liver issue, 2) Hormone imbalances are causing melasma because of the weak liver function. The liver and hormones in women need to be addressed and for normal function to return. When the liver functions better the melasma fades away. It usually takes several months for melasma relief as it takes time for removal of liver stressors.
Liver stressors include chemical birth control (talk to your partner about some non-chemical birth control); medications stress the liver to some degree or another (statin drugs for cholesterol are particularly problematic); the diet needs to be free of tobacco, less than 2 alcoholic drinks a week, no soda pop, coffee or black tea.
Natural remedies for melasma include supplements such as NAC (N-acetyl-cysteine) at 2 capsules 2 times a day for good liver function. Use the following natural supplements for melasma for several months.
Herbs for Melasma
Herbs are plants valued for their specific strengthening/ tonifying properties.
Use a combination of 1 capsule of each herb for melasma 3 times a day for several months:
Schizandra herb for melasma is the best liver, lung and general respiratory support.
St. John’s wort is known as a mood lifting herb. It has nerve and liver support as well as anti-viral properties.
Dandelion root for melasma is a gentle liver support and restorative.
Cell Salts to Help with Melasma
To make a cell salt solution, put up to 10 tablets of each cell salt in a 16- to 24-ounce bottle; fill with water and swirl to dissolve tablets. Sip throughout the day.
#3 Calc sulph 6X – digestive and liver support
#7 – Kali sulph 6X – specific for brown skin spots (melasma) as well as liver support
#11 – Nat sulph 6X – specific for liver support
Melasma Homeopathic Remedies
Homeopathic remedies are non-toxic natural medicines safe for everyone including infants and pregnant or nursing women. You may use 6X, 30X, 6C or 30C potencies.
Sepia – melasma from hormonal imbalances caused by estrogen dominance; often caused by chemical birth control or giving birth or getting pregnant; low sex drive, exhaustion and bad temper.
Carcinosinum – the perfectionist and may also be food sensitive.
Melatonin – for melasma; may also be effective for insomnia especially at the liver hour of 3 a.m.
Cipro (as a tautopathic [homeopathic-type] preparation) – especially effective if the melasma is caused by the drug itself.
Source: Dave’s Healing Notes