A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Melasma
I had a question the other day about melasma.
Melasma is a common skin problem.
It causes brown to gray-brown patches on your face.
Most people get it on their cheeks, bridge of their nose, forehead, chin, and above their upper lip.
It also can appear on other parts of your body that get lots of sun, like your forearms and neck.
Women are far more likely than men to get melasma.
It’s so common during pregnancy some people call it the mask of pregnancy.
Hormones seem to trigger melasma.
To deal with melasma it’s beneficial to:
*Drink at least 2 quarts of purified water daily as it hydrates body and brain cells and flushes toxins.
*Wear sunscreen daily
*Use aloe vera topically because it has excellent soothing, healing, and moisturizing properties.
*Calendula and comfrey have skin-softening properties. They can be used in a facial sauna or to make herbal or floral waters.
*Spray an herbal or floral water mist (especially lavender) on your skin throughout the day to replenish lost moisture. You can purchase lavender water already made, or you can make your own by adding a few drops of essential oil to 4 ounces of distilled water, or by making an infusion of fresh lavender leaves and flowers.
*Eat a balanced diet of vegetables, fruits, grains, seeds, and nuts. Eat quality protein from vegetable sources. Increase your intake of raw food.
*Eat foods high in sulfur, which helps to keep your skin smooth and youthful. Good sources include garlic, onions, eggs, and asparagus.
*Consume plenty of yellow and orange vegetables. These are high in beta-carotene, a precursor of vitamin A.
*Avoid fried foods, animal fats, and heat-processed vegetable oils like those sold in supermarkets. Use cold-pressed oils only. Beware of any oils subjected to heat, whether in processing or cooking. Heating oils leads to the production of free radicals, which have a destructive effect on your skin.
*Don’t drink soft drinks or eat sugar, chocolate, potato chips, or other junk foods.
*Avoid alcohol and caffeine. These substances have a diuretic effect, causing your body (including your skin cells) to lose fluids and essential minerals.
*Use a humidifier to humidify your environment, especially in winter.
*Eliminate toxic personal care, laundry and cleaning products.
*Don’t smoke and avoid secondhand smoke. Smoking has a harmful effect on your skin.
*Decrease excessive sun exposure. Wear a wide-brimmed hat when outdoors.
*Decrease exposure to chlorinated shower/bath water, pools and hot tubs.
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