Melasma is a skin disease which is usually seen in pregnant women and uncommon in men. It is a patchy brown, tan, or blue-gray facial skin discoloration. It usually appears on the upper cheeks, upper lip, forehead and chin. It is thought to be related to prolonged external sun exposure, use of birth control pills and internal hormonal changes due to pregnancy.
- Drink lots of water
- Exfoliate your face regularly. Use a scrub 3-4 times a week to remove old, darker skin.
- Avoid refined sugar and heavy carbohydrates.
- Use a hogh SPF sunscreen daily and aboid excessive sun exposure.
- Eat lots of high anti-oxidant foods like blueberries, blackberries, and red grapes.
These are just home remedy to treat or avoid melasma. It is still advisable to consult your dermatologist and obstetrician if you are pregnant. If severe symptoms persist, please consult your physician immediately.