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Posted by Lynnbenn (Raleigh, Nc) on 11/16/2014

[YEA]  I don't know what brought my Melasma on three years ago. I tried everything, I was so discouraged. I couldn't put anymore energy into it. I had already been eating very healthy for years (organic veg and fruits, grass fed beef, free range chicken....) I just by chance cured my Melasma on accident. I read the book Wheat Belly, stopped eating wheat right away. I also started taking vitamin D3 supplements. Actually it is a combination of Vit D, Calcium and magnesium (Trader Joes brand to be exact). I was dreading summer, because that's when it got the darkest. BTW, I had been using sunscreen for 2 years.

Looking back, I know it didn't help, just getting hot would bring it out! This is the first summer I noticed it Was diminishing. It HAS to be the diet change. I am convinced it was my gut health. If you've read anything on how unhealthy wheat is, you know it blocks nutrition absorption. The minute I stopped the wheat and took vitamins, my skin transformed. It can't be a coincidence. I don't even wear sunscreen under my makeup anymore. My friends and family noticed right away. FYI, I only use coconut oil on my face every night. I don't even wash it off. I rub all over, wipe with a tissue. I also use it to take off my mascara. I don't think the coconut oil cured my melasma though, I think I was missing vitamins and minerals that my skin desperately needed! Just had to share, possibly to help someone else :)

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Posted by Angella (Jamaica) on 10/22/2014

A pharmacist recommended that I use Dermovate (in the tube) for my melisma and it worked. I was surprised. I started seeing results within the first two weeks. I never looked back. I have been using it until the melisma disappeared and then once in a while thereafter as it will return if a stopped for long periods. It is prescription medication though.

Posted by Laura (Ottawa, On Canada) on 11/20/2012

Hello I read something about a cream called "mother... " something but I can't recall the name and have searched and searched but can't seem to find the posts where I saw it. It is used to treat melasma. I believe it is sold by this site. Am hoping someone can help me with this, please. Thanks, Laura

Replied by Mmsgs
Somewhere, Europe
Laura, what you read might have been about ACV (= apple cider vinegar) with the "mother" which means that hazy cloudy thingy floating in it if it's the real vinegar.
Replied by Alison
Toronto, On
I thinks it's mama cream. I tried the serum only and it was really sticky in couldn't sleep at nite cuz my face kept sticking to the pillow!

Posted by Anu (Cleveland, Ohio Usa) on 10/18/2011

Hi I am Anu. Can my melasma be cured with doing kapalbhati and anulom velom prayanams? I have melasma 3 years back. It is on cheeks and I'm also using aloe vera gel pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee help me

Posted by Ana (Pasadena, Ca) on 08/07/2011

Melasma: I was glad to see that I am not alone although I do not know anyone that has the melasma problem. Mine is all over my face, but the one on my upper lip really depresses me. I guess tomorrow I will buy the apple cider vinegar and grapefruit seed extract. We'll see... I have also spent tons of $$$$ and I am very depressed about it.

Posted by Stacy (Melbourne, Australia) on 06/23/2011

@Gita from Ghaziabad, Up, India how does kapalbhati pranayam yoga help cure melasma?

Posted by Janjan (Singapore) on 03/09/2011

Please let me know what is the name of the __24 cream use for melasma. Thanks

Replied by Phantomask
Los Angeles, Ca
Hi everyone. I have had melasma for 10 plus years and past 4yrs have been horrendous! Patches are all over, from bilateral cheeks, side of cheeks, and I look like Charlie chaplin. It is so depressing!!!! I tried everything from laser, fraxel, peels, common standard creams, cosmelan, etc etc. My latest mistake is called "chromobright cream" from Raphe lab. PLEASE DO NOT USE THIS PRODUCT! The website said it was a silky white cream, but a liquid solution came.... I thought i'd try anyway. It burned my skin to a second degree burn!!!! Anyway This happened last week, 2 days after I started on gse, msm, vit c combo regimen. So I am not able to tell if the cocktail treatment is working yet until my burn has completely healed. The cheek areas ( this area was unaffected by the burn) overall seem to be the same... Will keep you posted. I am still hopeful. I have a question for those who have succeeded on gse: AFTER MELASMA DISAPPEARED, DID YOU STOP TAKING GSE? IF YOU DID STOP, DID ANY MELASMA COME BACK ?

Thank you! I'll keep you posted on any improvements! Phantomask ( what I look like I'm wearing on both sides except it is a brown-gray mask plus mustache )

Posted by Sandra (Detroit, Mi, Usa) on 10/12/2010

I just recently discovered I have Melasma, on my upper lip , depressing!! I came across this site and got alot of good ideas. I believe I got this from getting my upper lip waxed once last year, never again! I just started today with the grapefruit seed extract, and it is pretty nasty tasting but I will do anything at this point. If you have any other suggestion please let me know, I will keep you all posted, Wish me luck

Replied by Leslie
New Castle, Pa
Sandra, I too had melasma on my upper lip. I believe mine is from a hormonal imbalance so I do take various supplements. I started putting Apple Cider Vinegar on my face at night with a cotton ball. The melasma is almost completely gone and my skin is so soft. I look younger too.
Replied by Sandra
Detroit, Mi, Usa
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]   It been about a week with the Grapefruit seed ext. and ACV in the am and pm. I think its working a little, it looks a little broken up. I also have started multi vit as well. It kinda hard to say at this point, will see my derm tomorrow and see what he says. Why did I ever get my lip waxed??? I want this gone!! Has anyone tried anything else that worked for them?
Replied by Leslie
New Castle, Pa
Be patient... It won't go away over night. I started applying the ACV mid July and it took a few weeks for the melasma to fade.
Replied by Lisa
Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa
Hi Sandra, I've been reading your posts of frustration over melasma. I too, have had melasma all over my cheeks for quite a few years now- about 5. I have tried apple cider vinegar and hydrogen peroxide and creams that claimed they'd get rid of them. Not only were they expensive, they didn't work! Well, I saw changes when I went raw and drank green juices for about 9 months but still it was there- just reduced. I had hoped it would clear it all up because it was such a cleansing diet but no such luck.

A little over two months ago, I started making my own kefir from the living grains which I've written about here on EC. I started because of reading about all the benefits which sounded unreal because it lists a long array of them. Well, I have found so many of the benefits to be true. Among them, one of the most profound for myself was that almost all of my melasma is gone and my skin is amazing. If you google kefir and melasma a lot of info comes up about it! It might interest you to do that. At any rate, I just thought I'd share this info w/ you since I can feel your frustration. Just remember it won't work overnight although I have to say it was only about 2 weeks into it that I started to notice its disappearance! Best to you, Lisa

Replied by Sandra
Detroit, Mi, Usa
Thanks for all your inputs, it helps knowing there are others out there just as embarrased by this as I am. I saw the derm the other day and it is epidermal kind (thank god) and he gave me samples of tazorac and said to use it with the hydrquinone cream. Has anyone used tazorac before, Im a little nervous about the HQ though. I'll keep you updated.
Replied by Sandra
Detroit, Mi, Usa
I forgot to mention that I did have some blood work done the other day as well to check my thyroid and hormone levels, and everything is back to normal so no obvious reason to why this is on my face:(
Replied by Leslie
New Castle, Pa
The hydroquinone cream made my melasma darker. Although my melasma has faded to it being pretty much gone, I am going to also start making my own kefir as Lisa from Thousand Oaks, Ca suggested in her post yesterday. I researched it and there are so many benefits from it I can't not try it!
Replied by Lisa
Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa
Hi Leslie, So glad I inspired you to look into kefir and that you're now willing to try making it! You will be so pleased I am sure. Did you find the living grains? I gave links on my first post on kefir where to find them. If you have any questions, feel free to ask. Did you find the site by Dom? He's an expert in this subject Good luck on your journey! Lisa
Replied by Leslie
New Castle, Pa
Hi Lisa,
I did find someone who is sending me living grains. I can't wait to try it out. I did find Dom's website as well as a few others.... Very informative! I spent a long time researching and I am looking forward to making it! I'll keep you posted on my progress. Thanks again!
Replied by Sandra
Detroit, Mi, Usa
Hi Lisa
I looked into the Kefir and it sounds interesting. I am just curious on how it tastes, is it sour? I am going to look up how its made and hopefully it wont be a long process. Do you know if they sell the grains in a whole foods store/ health store? I would like to give this a try!
Replied by Lisa
Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa
Hi Sandra,

To answer your questions about kefir- well, the taste when you're making it yourself can be changed. When it is fresh- right after you've made a batch, it is very mild. It tastes like very mild plain yogurt. If you wish to ripen it, you leave it on the counter for the next 24 hours and what that does is eliminates ALL lactose from it and strengthens the B vitamins that are abundant in kefir. But, also what also happens is it becomes more tangy. If you leave the lid on tight, it also becomes fizzy. So you can decide what you like and apply accordingly.

From what I've learned in my research, the ripening process is traditionally how it was done because it strengthens and builds the B vitamins contained in it. I choose to ripen mine for this reason. I enjoy it in all its forms- fresh, cold, room temp, ripened, flat or fizzy. Also, just knowing all the benefits it has for the body makes it even more appealing to me!

They do sell some kefir starters in the health food stores but they are NOT the same! You must locate living grains which I've written about in a couple of my posts. They're easy to find online and cost anywhere from $10- $15 from what I've seen. Definitely, if you want to make it I would emphasize the importance of using the living grains. Once you buy them you have them for life and they are self-propagating. They can grow very fast if you add a sugar to your milk. I use blackstrap molasses- "they" love it and thrive! As a matter of fact, my son and daughter in law just got their own place and I gifted them some of my kefir grains as my daughter-in-law has really benefitted from taking kefir. She always had terrible stomach and digestive problems and now they're completely gone!

Anyway, hope this info helps! Lisa

Replied by Sandra
Detroit, Mi, Usa
I just some Kefir grains and have my first batch, a little nervous to try. It was a lttle watery, maybe because its the first batch, we will see. Hopefully it helps with my melasma, if not, make other things right.
Replied by Finally
Charleston, Wv
[YEA]   IF YOU WANT IT TO GO AWAY... APPLE CIDAR VINEGAR WORKS! I read a earlier post a while back about using ACV with a cotton ball, then a few weeks later, I read an article about natural skin care products found in your kitchen. It said if you cannot afford to get glycolic peels try ACV. I apply it directly to the spots with a Q-Tip twice a day, first thing in the morning and when I get home or before I go to bed. You will see the fastest results if you put it on before bed. My skin is aging so I do not put it on before bed every night. But always twice a day. I do not dilute it. I keep the bottle in my bathroom. I also exfolitate every couple days with lemon(natural bleaching power) and sugar. These two things alone, I can tell you, YOU WILL SEE A DIFFERENCE in 2 WEEKS!!!! It is nearly 3 months, and you can "hardly" see it!! :)
Replied by Veejay25
Seattle, Wa
WOW!! Thanks so much for the info. I will try this immediately!
Replied by Ann
Wasaga Beach, On, Canada
when you say "apply" ACV with a cotton ball, do you mean simply pat the skin or do you scrub it into your skin?

Posted by After8 (Middlesbrough, United Kingdom) on 06/24/2010

I stumbled across this website yesterday totally by accident and am keen to try non-invasive stuff as I have good skin (apart from the dark patches on my cheeks that make me look ill).

I had been trying a lemon/turmeric masque remedy but the improvement was only very minor.

I have gone out and bought the grapefruit seed extract and also the acidipillis and started this yesterday. Agree that the GSE is totally disgusting - but no pain no gain!!!. I am taking it in Ribena to disguise it alittle, but actually just drink the glass full in one go.

I am going to go and get some white vinegar today and will also combine the above with the white vinegar/raw potate/vit e remedy.

I feel so hopeful and I thank everyone for sharing their experiences.

I will report back if this works.

Replied by After8
Middlesbrough, Uk
I am a week in trying the GSE and have started to eat more healthily (including fruit and vegetables) which I didn't use to eat much. Can't see any difference yet but realised half way through the week that the GSE when dropped into the glass goes right to the bottom so I am now tipping half the ribena out into another glass. Putting the drops in glass 1 and then tipping the ribena back from the second glass to catch any left. Can only manage 7 drops yet in a glass.

Still taking in all the interesting info provided but will see how this goes for another week.

The white vin/pot juice and vit E remedy went out the window as I couldn't stand the smell of the vinegar - can anyone advise how you can get rid of the smell after use - this might make it more bearable?

I thought it worth mentioning my sister had a much smaller amount of pigmentation developing on her cheek. She went to see a skin specialist in our doctors surgery and he said he could resolve this. He has treated her pigmentation with liquid nitrogen. When I saw her yesterday, the pigmentation had gone a lot darker and seemed a little raised, and she said that is what she was told would happen before it actually came off itself - and the skin underneath should be clear. She was advised if it still had a slight pigmentation to it then he could re-do this. Bascially he is freezing the pigmentation (and killing it). The freezing it prevents it spreading which was why she went while it was so small. I haven't seen her today but I hope to catch up with her in a couple of days and will update you soon.

If the GSE doesn't work I plan to go and get assessed to see if he can do anything for me - I think he can tell where he can help.

Hope this is useful.

Posted by Christa (Joshua Tree, Ca) on 01/06/2010

I am so happy to have come across this website. The melasma on my face is so depressing. I have done a lot of internet research on this and have a question for anyone willing to answer. Is there anyone with melasma also experiencing health problems like: bladder or yeast infections, ear/throat problems, etc? I have been battling bladder pain/possible infections and now my ears feel plugged and are itchy and now this melasma has gotten 50% darker and has spread.

Any help would be appreciated. Thank you!

Replied by Mary
Melbourne, Victoria Australia
hi, i to am new to the melasma team and am trying natural remedies and at the moment im just using 3 ingredients its been a week and seen results i take carrot juice or tomato juice a glass daily, dab lemon juice on melasma twice daily and i wash my face with white vinegar morning and night so far so good in saying this im a non smoker, ive given up drinking coffee and drink lots of water with daily exercise. i wear sun screen whenever i go anywhere. training the mind to be positive is the hardest part of all. god bless will keep you informed. mary
Replied by Katuska
Los Angeles, Ca
This is to Christa from Joshua Tree. I too sufferred from yeast infections, hair falling out, muscle problems and melasma which kept getting progressively worse. I did all kinds of research and finally went to a Dr. who practices Chinese medicine. He was amazing! He did diagnose me with having a chronic fungus in my stomach, Candida. It caused havoc to my system and subsequently deposited all kinds of toxins in the bloodstream where my liver became overwhelmed and cause the liver spots which he called them. He put me on a protein and green vegetable diet. He gave me a bunch of Chinese meds and had me drink water only and no no no carbs of any kind. Everthing has cleared up and so has my malasma/liver spots. That was my experience and I've tried everything. Hope this was useful.
Replied by Sandra
Norwalk, Connecticut, Usa
Thank you so much for your post--you have actually confirmed what I have been thinking about candida underlying my problem w/melasma. Could you please share more information about the types of medicines this Chinese doctor gave you. I have been doing a candida diet and lots of liver and colon cleanses. I have also been taking a chinese herb called schizandra and I've been taking Grapefruit Seed Extract 5 times per day. Though it has gotten better and faded, I am still dealing w/it and would appreciate any more information you have from that doctor. Does this doctor do consults over the phone or by email?

Posted by Marquis (Scottsdale, Az) on 06/08/2009

I have melasma because of oral contraceptives and it also comes from the hot sun here in AZ. i have skin discoloring from the sun. how can i get rid of this problem? i am naturally light skin. i have the discoloring on my face, sides of both of my arms, legs, and neck.

Posted by Babs (Los Angeles, CA) on 05/29/2009

Hi! I am new to this group but am so glad I happened to stumble on this group as I was browsing the internet. I have read through most of your posts regarding the treatments for melasma/hyperpigmentation. It has given me some hope and I am going to go out and buy the Grapefruit Seed Extract and MSM today. I had a question about the topical application of either horseradish or hydrogen peroxide. I did the hydrogen peroxide this morning and obviously it is still too early to tell. I have mild melasma (about quarter-sized brownish-grayish patches on my upper cheeks). I have only had this hyperpig for several months and am not quite sure what triggered it. I had developed the same hyperpig back in July 2008 but it seemed to somehow clear up. But I stopped by birth control (after 8 yrs) last August and started bio-identical hormones January 2009 and this developed a few months after. Maybe it is because I kept increasing the estrogen to help clear my skin (acne problems as well) and went from 2-4 drops a day to 18 drops. Now I am back down to 6 drops. So I think I may also be "estrogen dominant" since I was on bc for so long and even though the OBGYN said my estrogen was way low, my progesterone was prob even lower. So I am not sure what caused this melasma/hyperpig. I used a product that had whitening agents in it (kojic acid, Giga White and Arbutin) and no results. I also did two IPLs and it removed it about 90-95% but came back darker about a week later. I am currently on 2% hydroquinone, retinol and niacin (derm recommendation) but am not sure if it will help clear it forever. I am very very interested in the hydrogen peroxide or horseradish remedy. ANy comments on which is better??? How do they lighten the melasma??? Does anyone know if the melasma/hyperpig is actually caused by too much estrogen (like from bc or bio-identical hormones) or from adrenal fatigue (which I think I have for sure)??? Also, how does the GSE work to get rid of the melasma (isn't it if only the melasma/hyperpig is fungus-related or all melasma)? Thanks for the input!

Replied by Ellie
Washington, Dc
Hi Babs, I have same story as you. Did you ever get responses about Hydrogen Peroxide and Horseradish remedy for Melasma treatment? Mine is also due to bio identical hormones and estrogen, which makes me feel great but causing Melasma which is reallly terrible. Please let me know.
Replied by Stacy
Melbourne, Australia
A few years ago I used a dermabrasion kit, which I left on for too long. A few weeks later I noticed dark spots on my forhead, cheeks and nose (where I had used the creams). I have tried so many things which seem to fade it then it comes back. Do you have any more suggestions?

Posted by Chandani (Kathmandu, Nepal) on 02/09/2009

Dear Preet, I read your posts and most of the posts in this site are a little old. I am Chandani from India but I live in Kathmandu, Nepal. the altitude here is very bad. Also Kathmandu is a valley with high pollution. Many many people here suffer from Melasma (walking on the roads u will lots of women with damaged skin). I too suffer from Melasma. I would like to know, do you have any idea if my Melasma will disappear if I move to a place with lesser pollution. Also, does Melasma totally disappear (i.e. gone for good). My Melasma could be due to stress that I have taken in the past or else over sun exposure. I have had a harmonal profile done and everything is totally normal, also thyroid test were normal. Are u still doing Pranayams? How frequently and which all exercises? Has your Melasma disappeared? Please do reply.....Waiting eagerly for a response...

Replied by Gagan
Ithaca, NY
Hi Chandni, Sorry for being late in replying. I've been caught up with a lot of lab work. Well, I don't think pollution has much to do with it because there are many people I know (like my sister in law) who live in a pollution free area and yet have melasma. if possible, could you email me your test results? (Estradiol, Progesterone, FSH etc.). I think if you find the right remedy, it'll disappear completely. Don't be stressed. I did do Prayanama for about 4 months (it was too cold here afterwards so could not continue). I'll appreciate if you can email me at and we can talk further.
Thanks and Good luck

Glycolic Acid
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Posted by Aufia (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia) on 01/13/2013

[YEA]  hello everyone... I m dr aufia

thank God I saw these comments on treatment of melasma... and I really feel blessed to help u out of this stigma on face...

leave everything else aside n go to a medical shop n get 15% glycolic acid and a sunscreen with spf more than 40... N apply over the whole face daily for 2 weeks... n then come back n reply my comment...

ok bye c ya.. Ol d best

Posted by Roseyposey (Youngsville, Nc, United States) on 12/19/2011

I've tried all the cures and then some. My melasma is on both sides of my neck and was horrible looking! I found some glycolic acid online and ordered that and it worked beautifully on my face but not on my neck. So I found some TCA acid online and ordered that and IT WORKED! One side of my neck is completely clear and the other side may need 1-2 more applications. DO YOUR HOMEWORK! CHOOSE WHAT IS RIGHT FOR YOU! BE CAREFUL AND FOLLOW ALL THE DIRECTIONS! Also, amazon. com has some really good info on these peels as well...