How to get rid of melasma

Woman with melasma on cheeks

Melasma is a common yet puzzling skin condition affecting many people worldwide. This skin disorder is characterized by the appearance of brown or grayish patches on the skin, particularly the face, causing self-consciousness for those affected.

If you have this skin problem, then you might be looking for a way to get rid of melasma. Your questions will be answered in this blog. We’ll look into melasma causes and treatment options, including natural remedies that can help treat its symptoms.

Table of Contents

  • Melasma: What is it?
  • Melasma symptoms
  • What causes melasma?
  • How to get rid of melasma: treatment options
  • Natural melasma pigmentation treatment
  • Get rid of melasma using CANhaveTODAY products

Melasma: What is it?

Woman with melasma on cheeks

Melasma is a type of hyperpigmentation that manifests as symmetrical, blotchy, and irregularly-shaped brown or grayish patches on the skin. It typically affects the face, particularly the cheeks, forehead, upper lip, and chin, but can also appear on other sun-exposed areas like the neck and forearms.

Melasma symptoms

The primary symptom of melasma is the appearance of discolored patches on the skin. These patches can vary in size, shape, and intensity, but are generally symmetrical and may become more noticeable with sun exposure. Melasma does not cause any physical discomfort, but studies show that melasma have negative emotional and mental impacts to those who have it (Jaiswal et al., 2016; Ikino et al., 2015).

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What causes melasma?

Young man with dark spots on cheek

The exact cause of melasma remains unknown. So far, several factors have been identified as potential triggers, including hormones, sun exposure, genetics, and inflammation.

  • Hormones. Melasma is more common in females, particularly during pregnancy, which is why it’s sometimes called the “mask of pregnancy.”
  • Sun exposure. Exposure to the sun’s UV radiation can stimulate pigment-producing cells (called melanocytes) to produce more pigment (called melanin), leading to hyperpigmentation.
  • Skin tone. People with darker skin tones tend to develop melasma.
  • Genetics. Melasma in the family increases the likelihood of developing the condition.
  • Inflammation. Cells and chemicals produced during an inflammatory response can trigger events that lead to skin hyperpigmentation.

How to get rid of melasma: treatment options

While there is currently no known cure for melasma, there are several options you can employ to get rid of melasma pigmentation and minimize their appearance. Here are some treatment options for melasma:

  • Sun protection. Wearing a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30 and protective clothing can help prevent melasma from worsening.
  • Topical treatments. There are creams with ingredients that help lighten melasma patches.
  • Chemical peels. These chemical peels to remove the outer layers of the skin and promote new skin growth.

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Natural melasma pigmentation treatment

CANhaveTODAY Skin Care Inc. products

In addition to conventional treatments, some natural substances have shown promise in helping to get rid of melasma.

  • Aloe vera. Aloe vera was proven to decrease melasma severity in pregnancy, lightening the patches (Ghafarzadeh & Eatemadi, 2017).
  • Bergamot and grapefruit essential oils: Rich in citric acid, these essential oils can acts as a natural skin lightener and brightener, helping reduce the appearance of melasma (Giuffre, 2019; Ivanova et al., 2020).
  • Lavender essential oil. With its anti-inflammatory properties, lavender oil can help soothe skin inflammation and promote healing (Mori et al., 2016).
  • Frankincense essential oil. Known for its regenerative properties, frankincense oil can help promote healthy skin cell growth and reduce the appearance of melasma (Han et al., 2017).

Normally, essential oils need to be diluted with carrier oils to be applied to the skin safely. Luckily, you won’t have to do additional research for that anymore— CANhaveTODAY offers skin care products containing these natural ingredients! All our skin care products contain aloe vera leaf extract and a unique mix of essential oils with powerful properties that benefit the skin.

Sparkling Rain is a moisturizer formulated with chaga mushroom extract and grapefruit essential oils, which are known to have powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. You can never go wrong with a product that moisturizes, nourishes, and protects the skin at the same time.

Waters Mist, Healing Legends, and Soothing Juggernaut are salves that soothe the skin. All of them contain lavender essential oil, but each has a unique blend of essential oils. Waters Mist has the potent properties of tea tree oil against inflammation, Healing Legends contain bergamot and frankincense essential oils, while Soothing Juggernaut boasts the power of frankincense and arnica essential oils [see Table 1].

Learn more about what CANhaveTODAY skin care products can do to your skin by reading Table 1.

 Waters MistSoothing JuggernautHealing Legends (with Frankincense)Sparkling Rain
 Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus)Cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum)Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia)Arnica (Arnica montana)Frankincense (Boswellia carteri)Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens)Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha)Bergamot (Citrus bergamia)Chaga mushroom (Inonotus obliquuu)Grapefruit (Citrus paradisi)
AntibacterialMild to Strong [1,2]Strong [25]Strong [42]Mild to Strong [53,54,55]Moderate [62]Moderate to Strong [77]Mild to Strong [90]Mild to Strong [102]Strong [119]Strong [129,130]
– AcneMild to Moderate [3]Strong [26]Strong [42]Mild to Strong [53,54,55]Moderate [63]Moderate [42]Moderate [90]Mild to Strong [102]Strong [131]
– CellulitisMild to Strong [1,2,4]Strong [42]Moderate to Strong [42]Strong [129,132,130]
– ItchMild to Strong [1,2,3]Strong [42]Mild to Strong [53,54,55]Moderate [62,64]Strong [91]Strong [103]Strong [129]
– Skin infectionsMild to Strong [1,2,3]Mild to Strong [27]Strong [42]Mild to Strong [53,54,55]ModerateStrong [78]Strong [90]Mild to Strong [104]Strong [119]Strong [132, 130, 133]
Anti-inflammatoryStrong [5]Strong [28]Moderate to Strong [43]Strong [56]Strong [65]Strong [79]Strong [92]Strong [105]Strong [120, 121, 122]Strong [134, 135]
   – AcneMild to Moderate [3]Strong [26]Strong [42]Strong [65]Moderate to Strong [42]Moderate [90]Strong [106] 
   – SwellingStrong [5]Strong [28]Strong [118]Strong [57]Strong [65]Strong [79]Strong [92]Strong [105]Strong [120, 121]Strong [134]
AntifungalStrong [5,6]Mild to Strong [29]Moderate to Strong [44]Mild to Moderate [55]Moderate to Strong [42]Moderate [80]Moderate to Strong [93]Moderate to Strong [107]Moderate to Strong [119]Mild to Strong [136, 137, 138, 139]
   – Athlete’s foot (Foot itch)Strong [7,8]Strong [29]Moderate to Strong [45]Moderate to Strong [42]Strong [81,82]Moderate to Strong [94]Strong [108]Strong [140]
   – ItchStrong [9,10]Moderate to Strong [42]Moderate to Strong [42]Moderate [81]Moderate [90]Strong [140]
AntimicrobialMild to Strong [1,2]Strong [30,25,31]Strong [42]Mild to Moderate [53,57,55]Moderate to Strong [57, 42]Strong [83,84]Mild to Strong [90,93]Mild to Strong [102,107]Strong [119,123]Strong [140, 141, 142]
Antioxidant (fights skin damage and aging)Strong [11,2]Strong [32,33,25]Moderate to Strong [46]Strong [58]Mild to Strong [66]Strong [80]Mild to Strong [90]Mild to Strong [109]Strong [124, 125]Strong [142]
AntiparasiticStrong [12,13]Mild to Moderate [34]Strong [47]Mild to Strong [67,68]Strong [80]Mild to Strong [95] Strong [126]Moderate [143]
Antispasmodic (relieves muscle spasms)Strong [14]Mild to Moderate [35]Moderate to Strong [57]Moderate to Strong [69,70]Strong – Muscle spasms – Menstrual cramps – Restless leg syndromeStrong [96] – Intestinal spasms  Strong [110] – Intestinal spasms
Insecticidal (Kills insects)Strong [15]Strong [36]Strong [48]Mild to Moderate [59]Strong [71]Strong [80]Moderate to Strong [97]Strong [144, 145]
Moisturizing (for dry and/or cracked skin)Moderate to Strong [16]Moderate to Strong [49]Strong [72]Moderate to Strong [85]Strong (Very Strong with Frankincense) [98]Strong [111]Strong [127, 128]Strong [146, 147]
Reduces bruisingModerate to Strong [17]StrongStrong [50]Moderate to Strong [60,56]Strong [73]StrongModerateModerate to StrongStrong [148]
Very Strong
Reduces celluliteStrong [18]– Moderate to Strong [42]
Reduces hyperpigmentationModerate to Strong [19]Mild to Moderate [37]Strong [51]Strong [61]Strong [74,63]Moderate [86]Moderate [63]Strong [112]Mild to Strong [149]
Very Strong
Reduces or relieves painStrong [20]Strong [28,38]Strong [56]Strong [75]Moderate to Strong [87]    – Joint pain    – Arthritic pain    – Muscle painModerate [99]Strong [113]
Repels InsectsStrong [21,22,23]Moderate to Strong [39,40]Strong [48]Strong [76]Strong [88]Strong [100] Mild to Moderate [114,115]Strong [144, 145]
Treats crampsStrong [57]Strong [89] –
Wound HealingStrong [24]Strong [41]Moderate to Strong [52]Strong [56]Strong [63]Strong [42]Strong [101]Moderate to Strong [116,117]Strong [150]
Table 1. Properties of CANhaveTODAY’s skin care products with references to scientific studies.

Get rid of melasma using CANhaveTODAY products

Melasma can be a frustrating and disheartening condition, but understanding its symptoms, causes, and treatment options can empower you to take control of your skin’s health. With perseverance and a tailored approach, you can get rid of melasma, reduce its appearance, and regain your confidence. Don’t let melasma keep you in the shadows—embrace the journey to radiant, even-toned skin with CANhaveTODAY!

FAQ

What is melasma?

Melasma is a common skin condition in middle-aged women characterized by dark patches of skin on the face. It is often triggered by hormonal changes, sun exposure, and genetic factors.

Can I use essential oils to fight melasma?

You can use essential oils to fight melasma. Bergamot essential oil, graprefruit essential oil, lavender essential oil, and frankincense essential oils have properties that act against skin hyperpigmentation.

Can essential oils alone get rid of melasma?

Natural remedies may help in minimizing the risk of melasma by promoting skin health, promoting sun protection, and reducing inflammation. However, results may vary from person to person, and it is crucial to combine these remedies with other preventative measures like sun protection, as advised by physicians.

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