[YEA] For anyone reading this, I have suffered from melasma for about 4 years now. It all started when I first got pregnant. I've tried the Apple Cider Vinegar which has helped me a lot. I went to an herbal store and bought a tea called Indian tea antibilious. OMG this tea does wonders! I have never seen anything take my melasma away so quickly. Just over night I noticed results. The directions on this says to put 1 tablespoon in 16oz of boiling water, boil for 3 minutes and steep for 15 minutes. Strain and drink a cup one hour before meals. 3 time per day. I really love this tea. Its very bitter but its worth it for the end result. My melasma is very very light and doesnt seem to come back unless I go out in the sun w/out sunscreen.
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09/14/2011Posted by Julieanime (Silver Spring, Maryland) on 11/13/2011
Just found out I have been suffering from a Hyperthyroid... Hmmmmm. I pieced together my Melasma time line with the other symptoms of a Hyperthyroid, zeroing in on a known cause of melasma - increased hormones known to cause and acelerate the condition - it matches the onset of my other Hyperthyroid symptoms. Ladies and gentlemen, just a consideration - this may also be you. Make sure you have a thorough check-up including blood work... melasma that does not go away may very well be associated to a hormone condition caused by a malfunctioning thyroid.
Approval Ratings YEA (4) 44% NAY (4) 44% SIDE EFFECT (1) 11% Posted by Jake (Bend, Or) on 08/25/2009
HORSERADISH CURED MY SUN DAMAGE/ MELASMA. I have sun damage/ melasma on my forehead and while IPL worked great on my freckles, it did not work on this. I also tried hydroquinone to no avail. What did work (and I think it has been aided by significantly improving my diet, exercise routine, quiting marijuana, and taking msm, vitamin c, fish oil, multi-vitamin, antioxidants, and licorice as recommended by this and similar sites) more than anything and relatively fast was horseradish. I had had the redness for two years and then started putting an all natural horsedadish on it and it has almost gone in just months.
It scared me at first because I put it on 3 times for twenty minutes in a 36 hour period and it got so much darker and stayed that way, so I cursed my decision and fate. However, it peeled off within two weeks, similar to a sunburns peel (and close to what IPL does to freckles) and was lighter. Since then I experimented with the best way to administer it, and I know the goal is to just irritate the skin enough to get it to peel. For me with fair skin, I now cake it on the affected areas and leave it for an hour and fifteen minutes or so and then wait a week while it peels.
I recommend starting slowly by doing it once for fifteen minutes and then waiting a week or two to check the effect, Slowly increase either frequency or duration until you know what it takes to get a peel and then go with that. Although it burns fairly painfully to leave it on longer, I prefer one long dose because it's such a pain to put the stuff on and have it on your skin. Just go slow, and trust that it will work, for which I am so grateful to this site and other natural sites for turning me on to. Good luck.
EC: Thank you for this feedback! We have long suspected that one or two of the NAYs are fake posts regarding horseradish.Replied by Elizabeth
06/02/2010Posted by Rob (Baguio, Philippines) on 04/26/2009
[NAY] I used the horseradish every morning for two weeks now but unfortunately I did see any good result. I even developed this tiny tiny holes on my face that made my melasma even darker now. Just like what the others say anybody who will self treat themselves should think twice. See your doctor first as drugs/medicine work differently among us. Probably horseradish don't work to men like me. I hope i can find something that helps as this is affecting my daily routine. Thanks everyone for sharing.Replied by VMS