Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- POPULAR REMEDIES
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Cod Liver Oil, Alpha Lipoic Acid
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Lemon Juice
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Onion Juice
- Apricot Kernel Oil
- Baking Soda
- Beta Carotene, Oregano Oil
- Dermal Melasma
- General Feedback
- Glycolic Acid
- Grape Seed Extract, Vitamins
- Grapefruit Seed Extract
- Grapefruit Seed Extract, MSM
- GSE, MSM, Zinc
- Herb Tea
- Hormone Cause
- Horseradish, Grapefruit Seed Extract
- Hydrogen Peroxide
- Kapalbhati Pranayam
- Melasma Creams That Don't Work
- Microdermabrasion Treatments
- MSM, Apple Cider Vinegar
- MSM, Gluthathione, Vit C, GSE
- MSM, Grape Seed Extract
- MSM, Vitamin C
- MSM, Vitamin C, Grape Seed, H2O2
- MSM, Vitamin C, Grapefruit Seed Extract
- MSM, Vitamin C, GSE, H2O2
- Multiple Remedies
- Multiple Remedy Success
- Onion Juice, Hydrogen Peroxide
- Prescription Drugs
- Remedies Needed
- Rosehip Seed Oil, Squalene Oil
- Skin Lightening Remedies
- Ted's Remedies
- The Copper Link
- Vegetarian Diet, Beets
- Vitamins, Prescription Cream
- Website Scams
- White Vinegar, Raw Potato Juice, Vitamin E
11/09/2010: Suzy from Tallmadge, Ohio: "Ive had melasma which has covered nearly 40% of my face. It started about a 1 1/2 years ago. I got a little spot on my nose and around my upperlip. 6 months ago it started very quickly to spread. I went to several Dr even cleveland clinic and they gave me creams but nothing worked. They all told me the same thing. "Theres nothing you can do, it will probably get worse." I wasnt willing to believe that. I started reading natural cures and heard about apple cider vinegar and tried it. It got a little better. So I realized that there has to be a cure otherwise it wouldnt have helped at all. I had a spot on my fingernail which I believed was fungus. I also had granuloma Annular on my neck and when I put Apple cider vinegar on it it helped the nail and eliminated the granuloma completely. So then I realized they had to be connected to the melasma. I began my mission. I had been to several Dr. I knew that all 3 were related, they all told me I was crazy that there was no connection. I knew if I could find what cured my fingernail it would cure the melasma. Each dr perscribed something diffrent nothing worked. So I began doing more research on the internet and realized what I needed was Doxycylene and prednisone to cure it. Sure enough it worked 5 days later the bacteria in my nail is gone and so is the melasma. I think mine was caused from a bacteria in my body. Dont give up you just need to know where its coming from..... Good luck!!!!! Suzy"Replies
06/13/2011: Aerin from Vancouver, Bc, Canada replies: "Hi Suzy, after reading your post I have realized that my melasma may also be connected to a fungus. I have had melasma for several years now and for the last 2-3 years have also had a reoccuring foor fungus! I have tried creams perscribed by my doctor for the foot fungus but nothing is working and if it does work it comes back.
I am going to ask my doctor about the medications you were taking but I am worried he will not let me try them. did your doctor just give them to you when you asked for them? I looked them up and found that Doxycylene is used for acne and bacterial infections but I don't understand what the prednisone was used for? Could you explain I am so tired of having melasma!! Please help!"
03/18/2014: Swapna from Pune, India: "I am 37 and suffering from Melasma for last 1 year. Kindly help me"
EC: Hi Swapna,
Have you checked out the remedies on Earth Clinic's Melasma page here? http://earthclinic.com/CURES/melasma.html
11/20/2013: Thrilogna from Hyderabad, Indida: "Please help me for"my skin became black after done bleach"....plz suggest me for how to use this for getting my colour back.....and also tell me where apple cider vinegar is available in Hyderabad?"
EC: You might find some useful information on our "Where to Locate" apple cider vinegar page.
11/22/2012: Ponatshego from Gaborone, Botswana: "I have serious condition of chloasma on my face and would like to know if there is any remedy for that."
07/12/2012: Hiwot from Oakland, California: "Hello, I am 34 years old women and I am suffering from Melasma on both my cheeks and I never taken pill in my life and I never smoke or drink or sex. I don't understand my problem especially before start my period, a few days before, it is getting really dark my melasma then a little lighten up. I have something burning around my vagina it may be is that a cause I don't know what. I am really have a problem please help, thanks for your time. By the way this Melasma start after I moved from my country to US one year later. I remember one month the first time in my life my period jumped one month. I only see some sticky blood clot then the next month back my period then still my period is coming on time but I have sometimes painful cramp sometimes even I didn't feel nothing. I don't know exactly what is my problem no health insurance pls. help with home remedies thanks again."Replies
07/13/2012: Mmsg from Somewhere, Europe replies: "Hiwat, strange things happen to people who move to a new country, because of the sudden (or not so sudden) change in climate, diet, and way of life. Maybe try to duplicate as much as you can, the living conditions and diet of your previous place of residence."
07/13/2012: Heather from Leicester replies: "Hi, there are different minerals in different countries which we ingest in numerous ways, through drinking, eating , bathing etc so this could be it. Ted talks about melasma and hormone imbalance and cures in the remedy section for melasma."
07/10/2012: Sara from San Juan Capistrano, Ca: "Hi! I am 33-old and have HORRIBLE melasma. I really want to start on a vitamin regime and ACV treatment but I am finding it hard to find a starting point. I am wondering if I can be part of this group! Thanks"
03/15/2012: Lotus from Basking Ridge, Nj, Usa: "I have melasma on my upper part of my cheeks, on the sides of my eyes, upper lip, forehead and on top of my nose. On top of my nose seems to be fading. It is very embarassing since I am a consultant and have to look for new contracts every so often, it is hard for me to face the person I am talking to, feel very conscious of myself. I am 52 years old, working as a Software consultant and have been going through peri-menopause/menopause since 2 years. I have been having hemorroids as well, for which I am taking homeopathic medication. I am quite active, usually exercise 6-7 hours a week. Average at least 5 hours. So I am in no way sedentary. I eat quite healthy vegetarian diet, including dairy products. Not a big eater. I have tried hydro quinone based topical cream prescribed by a dermatologist about 2 years ago, to no avail. I don't want to do any those treatments that can make my skin vulnerable to skin cancers. As such I am very light skinned. Would prefer doing natural treatments. Just today upon reading on your website, started on the Apple Cider Vinegar/Onion juice combo treatment for my face. Keeping my fingers crossed and determined to try for at least a few months.
Any advice on this would be greatly appreciated.
03/15/2012: Karen from Baltimore, Md replies: "I have worked in Dermatology offices for years and FYI - Hydroquinone products and chemical peels do not make you prone to skin cancer or any other cancers. They are the gold standard for treating hyperpigmentation like melasma. Just use a SPF 30 everyday to protect against skin cancer.
Onion juice and Cider Vinegar prob won't do anything but make you smell funny:) You can try it though I don't think it will harm you.
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good luck!! Hope it works for you as well."
09/09/2011: Aria from London, Uk: "Hi, I am 19 and have had discolouration on my upper lip and since I was around 12 and has recently spread to my forehead. A few months ago I went doctors and I was given Azelaic acid 20%, it was extremly burning on my skin for the first week and actually after 2 months of use the melasma began to spread. After I stopped using the cream the melasma that spread on my upper lip faded away but not on my forehead.
I have had the upper lip disoloration since I was about 12 years old and when I wake up in the morning my upper lip is not dark at all but given a few seconds it darkens. I am also indian and don't put anything on my face such as makeup or wax.
Because I've had it for so long I cannot pin point a cause. I have never taken birth control pills.
Please can someone tell me about it, if it's maybe due to yeast/fungus etc. and maybe tell me why, if you know the cause because it started when I was around 12.
Also what natural treatments are there and supplements?
Thank you for reading."Replies
09/10/2011: Debbie from Melbourne, Australia replies: "Aria, here is an interesting piece in Curezone relating melasma to a an excess of copper in the body. Interesting reading.. it may offer you some guidance.
08/13/2011: Sonia from New York, Usa: "Hi I am a victim of melasma. And reading all this info is a bit comforting. I am going to try somethings new for me and hope I can get some response. I need to try to attack it from inside out. do you have any suggestions?
The only thing I would like to ask is, dont you have any new information? the updated info here goes back to 2010. I appreciate it if you look into this... And keep it updated. Thank you"Replies
08/22/2011: Nylle from Falls Church, Fairfax County replies: "I have been a researcher / practitioner esoteric Ayurveda and Karmic Energy Healing for over five decades. Melasma is caused by an improper flow of energies of the Liver-Spleen meridian and the Kidney meridian as do most skin ailments. The severity of the skin illness depends on the degree or intensity of negative flow of these two energies.
There are pressure points on both palms that could be activated plus certain ayurvedic medication such as Arogyavardhini (for liver/spleen) Chandraprabah (urogenital tract and Kidneys) and Neem capsules (for blood purification) to heal this problem or any skin problem. Avoid eating cooked tomatoes, pickles (avoid vinegar), coffee, alcohol, junk food, meats of any kind until the skin becomes totally clear. The time taken to heal the problem depends on how severe the problem is and how one adheres to the healing regime."
06/25/2011: Waheed from Peshawar Pakistan, Peshawar: "how is I clear my melasma from my face. My age is 17 male and I am become bother from melasma and I want to give help in the clear of my melasma."Replies
06/25/2011: Lisa from Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa replies: "I was able to address my melasma w/ homemade kefir. It was the most effective thing of anything I tried. Check into it. You have to get kefir grains to make your own.
Read about it here: http://www.earthclinic.com/Remedies/kefir.html#RF"
[YEA] 10/15/2013: Rr from Colorado: "Melasma Remedy Treatment (Rosehip Seed Oil and Squalene Oil)
I've tried just about everything for pregnancy induced melasma. It was embarassing and was getting to the point that even makeup couldn't cover it. I was reserved to just use sunblock and dermablend concealer for the rest of my life, but then I happen chanced on something that worked.
I had previously tried EVERYTHING, even that nasty skin bleaching cream, but nothing worked. I started making my own beauty products and purchased a couple of oils to make a natural anti-aging cream for my eyes. However, I was lazy and just mixed the two oil 50/50 and put it around my eyes, accidentally getting some on my temples (where the worst of my melasma is)... A few hours later I looked in the mirror and was FLOORED at what I saw. The melasma was significantly lighter. I begin putting it on my entire face and in just two days it is 75% gone. I am NOT exaggerating. I didn't need concealer today and just used a light BB cream and it blended in nicely. I imagine after a few more weeks, it should be all but gone. I am going to add a few more EO's and carrier oils to a serum too and test those out. If you want it to fade, while smoothing your complexion out, use RoseHIP seed oil (not rose oil) and squalene oil (derived from olive oil). Mix the two 50/50 in a bottle and apply liberally on your skin. It is also helping with the thin and dry skin on my hands and I'm testing it on scars and stretchmarks too."Replies
01/19/2014: Leanh** from Australian replies: "Wow, this sounds amazing! Can I ask for an update to your melasma using the rosehip oil and squalane oil? Is it still working and have you done anything else since then to help with your melasma? I have melasma and really want it gone too :-("
[YEA] 01/28/2010: Liza from Phoenix, Az, Usa: "Hi all,
I have tried almost every remedy on this site for the last two years to help my melasma: hydrogen peroxide, grapefruit seed extract (GSE), MSM supplementation and horseradish. In addition, I have tried Tri-Luma cream from my dermatologist. I also have worn 50 sunscreen every day from La Roche Posay. Though I appreciated everyone's posts, unfortunately, nothing seemed to work.
Until now. I wanted to share this with everyone on the message board because I found the suggestions here so helpful. Basically, I started taking 200mcg of selenium, a mineral that's supposed to help with Hashimoto's thyroiditis. Within three weeks of taking it, my fatigue had improved AND...my melasma was completely gone. I was shocked and did some research. Turns out that in the same way that yeast overgrowth can affect some people with melasma, there are other people with thyroid problems who are more affected by melasma as well. Here's a link to a scientific study: http://jcem.endojournals.org/cgi/content/abstract/61/1/28
(In case the link doesn't work, here the info:Association of Melasma with Thyroid Autoimmunity and Other Thyroidal Abnormalities and Their Relationship to the Origin of the Melasma*
RUBÉN J. LUTFI, MIGUEL FRIDMANIS, ALEJANDRO L. MISIUNAS, OSCAR PAFUME, ENRIQUE A. GONZALEZ, JORGE A. VILLEMUR, MIGUEL A. MAZZINI and HUGO NIEPOMNISZCZE)
I should add that I also take fish oil, evening primrose oil and a B vitamin, but the melasma didn't go away until I started with the selenium. HOWEVER, selenium can be toxic at high doses (400mcg)--PLEASE consult with your doctor to find if you are deficient or have other thyroid problems. This probably won't help everyone unfortunately, but those few of you with undiagnosed thyroid issues it may help. And since selenium is quite inexpensive, that's nice too. :)"
05/12/2010: Michelle from Melbourne, Australia replies: "Hi Liza,
I happened to stumble across this website by accident and saw your post.
I am almost 41 and have had Melasma for about 4 1/2 years. I have never been on the pill and could not understand how I ended up with this. I guess I thought that living in Australia, this was the result of sun damage, even though I have dark skin and have never had a need to tan.
I have however, recently been diagnosed with Hashimoto's Disease (hypothyroidism)! I read the link that you posted and it all started to fall into place! Can you tell me how you found out about Selenium for Melasma?
Your post has given me hope.
I look forward to you reply.
11/17/2011: Andrea from Rowville, Victoria ,australia replies: "Hi I have suffered from melasma now for 6 years and also live in Australia, I've just started taking selenium as well but dont think I have a thyroid problem. I had perfectly toned skin until we went on a European holiday in 2006 and I started getting brown blotches all over my face, I later learnt that the mynocycline I was taking for acne could have been the culprit but I was also on another medication for anxiety, that I found out 7 months ago can also cause hyperpigmentation, but I stopped that 7 months ago and instead of fading my melasma is spreading :( not fun , I'm now at a loss. Never been on BC pills , had my hormones checked recently and everything was normal. I've tried everything you can think of, spent thousands of dollars, it would be great to keep in touch since we both live in Australia, I feel like the only person on this planet with this disfiguring mask:("
05/31/2013: Sanjna from India: "My skin colour is fair but the skin outside my vagina, under arms and inner thighs is dark due to the use of hair removing creams. I am going to marry in 2 months. I am virgin and physically fit. I desperately need to lighten the skin color of these areas very fast.. ASAP. Can Isopropyl Alcohol be of any help? Please suggest fast remedies without any side effects."Replies
05/31/2013: Joy from Battleground, Wash replies: "Every time I bathe in milk of magnesia I look like a ghost when I get out of the tub.... Maybe put some topically on those areas and leave it.... Wouldn't hurt might help, some people use it for deodorant ( but some get tiny bumps and have to discontinue use)and I know it is good for removing dead skin cells and the magnesium in it is good for your muscles."
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 03/11/2010: Reina from New York, Ny, Usa: "Yea!!!!, thank you, gracias, merci, Grapefruit seed 125mg capsules x 4 and msm 1000mg x 4 and Vit C 100m x 4 and liver clean herbal capsules x 4 and since i am a true believer in my chinese herbs, i drink one that they sell for pigmentation and put 300mg of chinese pearl powder in my morning green smoothie and today was my first day on the GSE,MSM,VITC,liver clean at about 3 hr intervals and tonite, MY MELASMA ON MY UPPER LIP is outrageously lighter...after i washed off my makeup tonite i started to cry i am so shocked and happy.....this is a huge miracle as I have suffered from this problem for about 3 or 4 years now. I did microdermabrasion, laser, obagi, electrolysis, every medication on the shelves of every store in manhattan and nothing absolutely nothing ever had this lightening effect. it's as if i sat out under the moon instead of the sun.
i also use the derma roller on my skin for about 2 weeks now and it had not had this effect.
after i use the roller i apply castor oil and do a acupressure type massage and then apply msm lotion and then dmso on my face.
i am a raw vegan foodie and drink black coffee in the morning to get angry enuf to practice law in nyc. i am also a big fan of cacao (chocolaholic) not milk chocolate-the real stuff.
i am a long distance runner, am 51 and look 35 and spend loads of time in the sun.
no matter what i did i could not get rid of the dark spots that first started on my lip because of the waxing and then all of the other procedures to get rid of the hairs on my lip which i believe started because of minoxidol and then menopause which started at 49.
my hair started thinning at about 37 and now i have a full head of very long hair but it found its way to my eyebrows (which i like) and my lip which i do not like.
so i am now relegated to using that teeny tiny razor, uggh, very embarassing to admit, and thus the stain....have not used the minoxidol for about two days, since i learned that rubbing my nail beds together for 5 mins a day, stopped the hair loss when i use the flat iron.
whew, i know that is a lot of info but i am so happy i cannot stop writing.
Thank you for existing Earth Clinic. Thanx community of very beautiful givers on this site. If anybody needs anything from me reach me at email@example.com.
BTW, i am olive skinned but with the yellow undertone, latina, brown hair and so very humbled and happy. i can't wait to go out, i had been staying home because of shame and thought everyone was looking at my lip.
11/06/2012: Eula from Texas, Usa replies: "I really want to try GFSE to treat my Melasma and other problems but the thing is, I'm taking Simvastatin and Quinapril... By using GFSE externally do you think it will help me get rid of it?"