Natural Homeopathic Treatment for Melasma/Chloasma

Skin pigmentation disorders are the conditions of the skin whereby skin becomes discolored, blotchy and dark colored without a healthy, glowing look.

Among the various kinds of pigmentation disorders, melasma is the most common condition for which homeopaths are consulted.

It is a dark irregular brown patchy facial discoloration which is harmless and without any symptoms, but from a cosmetic point of view, it can be a source of distress for the patient.

The pigmentation occurs mostly on the cheeks, forehead, upper lip, chin and nose. Sometimes, these spots are also seen on other sun-exposed areas of the body as well.

Dark patches often appear on both sides of the face in an identical pattern and they can range from tan to deep brown or bluish grey depending on the basic skin predisposition of the patient.

Homeopathic Treatment for Melasma

Causes:

• There are several factors which are responsible for melasma. However, the pigmentation is mainly because of the overproduction of melanin (pigment giving color to the skin) by the pigment cells melanocytes.

• This condition is more common in women than in men. Women with a brownish skin tone are more prone than those who are naturally fair. It generally starts between the ages of 20-40 years.

• Melasma is found to be associated with the female hormones estrogen and progesterone. Therefore, it is frequently seen in women who take oral contraception and also in that undergoing hormone replacement therapy during menopause.

• Sun exposure is a strong risk factor for melasma. And it is particularly common in tropical climates.

• Genetic factors are also responsible in predisposed individuals.

• Melasma may also be triggered by a medication called dilantin (phenytoin), an anti-epileptic drug used to control seizures.

• Certain medications (including mew targeted therapies for cancer), perfumed or deodorant soaps, toiletries and cosmetics may cause a phototoxic reaction making the skin sensitive to sun exposure that triggers melasma, which may then persist long-term and become chronic.

• Melasma during pregnancy is relatively common. It is called cholasma and the ‘mask of pregnancy.’ The dark patches fade away a few months after the delivery.

• Folic acid deficiency during pregnancy can also lead to the development of melasma.

• Hypothyroidism (low levels of circulating thyroid hormone) is also a cause of melasma.

Homeopathic Approach to Melasma:

Homeopathy considers skin pigmentation to be a general body imbalance. Hence, the treatment is constitutional and specific to the patient.

Homeopathy recognizes the body as a unified whole of physical as well as psychological components and address the problem from deep within.

Homeopathic constitutional treatment has very encouraging results for hyper pigmentation without any side effects. Homeopathic medicines are safe, gentle and natural.

They treat the person as a whole. These medicines help in reducing the pigmentation as well as improve the immune system so that skin sensitivity and hormonal imbalance also gets corrected. The result is clear and clean skin.

Homeopathic remedies control the excessive production of melanin and further improve the texture of the skin, reduce the occurrence of new patches and slowly reverts the skin to its normal condition without leaving any blemishes.

Homeopathy does not advocate the use of external application. Patience and counseling are key to successful treatment.

Most commonly used Homeopathic medicines are as follows but should not be used without consulting a qualified Homeopath, first, sculpture, sepia, kali bromatum, berberis aquafolium, psorinum, natrum  mur and bovista.

Prevention of Melasma with Lifestyle Changes:

• Apply sunscreen lotion with SPF 15 (or more depending upon the exposure) at least 30 minutes before going out to prevent the harsh UV rays from affecting the skin.

• Always carry an umbrella and shades.

• Avoid the use of oral contraceptive pills.

• Incorporate some spiritual or meditative exercises in your lifestyle to combat stress.

• Follow a well-balanced and nutritious diet. Consume plenty of colored fruits and vegetables which have antioxidants that help cleanse the system.

• Avoid use of unnecessary medication and overuse of cosmetic products.

SOURCE: B-Positive Health Magazine

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