If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know that I’ve tried (what seems like) EVERYTHING to get rid of my melasma. I’ve tried Rodan & Fields, Hydroquinone and even tried taking internal sunscreen pills and so far, nothing has budged, erased or diminished my Melasma. This is a frustrating condition.
Melasma, (brown patches on the skin) is especially frustrating because, at first glance, many think that Melasma is a dermal issue. That lasers, peels and bleaching creams are the answer to eliminating Melasma from your face…but the truth is, ridding yourself of Melasma has more to do with full body wellness than just addressing a skin issue. Some of the areas of wellness that those with Melasma should address are hormone levels, healthy liver & gut functions and relieving stress. All of these factors play a part in Melasma, and the quicker that you can heal each of these areas, the closer you will be to ridding yourself of Melasma once and for all.
I’ve been hearing about essential oils for a while now, but it wasn’t until I reconnected with an old friend and chatted with her about my Melasma that I even thought about introducing them into my daily health regimen as a means to support all of my body systems. After talking with her and hearing some of her testimonials of others who have used essential oils to support healthier living, I decided to give it a try. I started by purchasing the Young Living Starter Kit at wholesale. (You can do this too, by signing up for a wholesale membership). Inside my kit, I received 11 of the most popular essential oils. Some of which I will be using in a new protocol to try to attain a healthier lifestyle.
Topical Application of Essential Oils for Radiant Skin
Although, I mentioned before, that Melasma is not a ‘dermal issue’, there are several things that I am doing to try to reduce the look of Melasma on my face.
First, I use an SPF 50+ religiously on my face. Whether I am going outside or just sitting down on my computer, it is important to apply an SPF to block the UVA & UVB rays from your face. Here is a list of the top sunscreens for people with Melasma.
I’ve also been applying Frankincense & Lavender oils topically on the areas of my face that are affected by Melasma. Frankincense oil comes from the Boswellia carterii or Boswellia sacara tree that’s commonly grown in Somalia. This woodsy scented oil has anti-aging properties that are used to maintain radiant skin.
I’m also using Lavender Oil has a soothing effect on the skin and complements the Frankincense oil in both scent and effectiveness. The Lavender oil moisturizes the skin and helps eliminate bacteria on the face, making a more healthy environment for your skin to heal.
I put 10 drops of Frankincense and 10 drops of Lavender in a 2 ounce bottle and filled the rest with Grapeseed oil. I apply this to my face both morning and night. I allow the oils to penetrate my skin overnight and throughout the day*.
Maintaining Healthy Hormones Levels
Melasma is likely caused by an imbalance in hormones and more often than not, it appears in those who have high levels of estrogen. There are many symptoms related to estrogen dominance, some of which you can find here. So it is very important that you figure out how to balance your hormones from the inside to get rid of Melasma once and for all.
Some of the things I’m doing to maintain healthy hormone levels are listed in this blog post, but my Young Living sponsor also recommended that I try out Progessence Plus, which is a Young Living Oil. Progressence Plus is a Wild Yam extract combined with Frankincense Oil, Bergamot Oil, and Peppermint Oil. It is a good option for those looking to supplement progesterone levels. It is very mild and easy to use. This oil is also applied topically on the inside of your wrists and ears a couple times of day.
( I have not started this yet, as I just ordered my first bottle last week)
Essential Oils for fortifying your Liver
Elevated estrogen and hormone imbalance are major contributors to melasma. Excess hormones usually occur from overproduction, toxin stimulation, and inefficiency in the natural hormone elimination process performed by the liver.We know from reading this article, that when digestion is slow, estrogen can be re-introduced into the body, resulting in elevated estrogen levels, which leads to Melasma. In order to support these functions, I have introduced Young Living’s Digize Oil & Lemon Oil.
Digize Oil is a blend of Tarragon, Ginger, Peppermint, Juniper, Fennel, Lemongrass, Anise, and Patchouli essential oils and is a great mealtime companion to support your overall wellness regimen. I ingest the Digize oil by placing 2 drops of it in a vegetable capsule with grapeseed oil.
Lemon Oil has detoxifying and regenerating properties that support healthy living function. I put a drop of Lemon oil in my water each morning, noon & night.
Using Essential Oils to Relieve Stress
Because stress can play a factor in Melasma, (by raising our cortisol levels) it’s important to try to dramatically decrease your stress as you try to eliminate Melasma. Once we reduce the stressors in our life, our body will have time to heal. Skin issues can sometimes be an outward symptom of an inner struggle.
Essential oil’s complex, pleasant, and unique scent triggers emotions and memories, which can help you rediscover peace, balance, and joy.
Each day I will be starting off by diffusing Peppermint and Lemon oil in my diffuser at home. The goal here is to energize and invigorate my body each morning and get the day started off right.
I then use Stress Away, a Young Living Oil, as a perfume, rolling it on my forearms and pulse points on a daily basis. The good news is that this oil has a great scent!
At night, in order to get a good night’s sleep, I will be diffusing Lavender and Cedarwood (3 drops each), which are both known for their calming and relaxing properties.
As I mentioned before, this entire Essential Oil regimen is brand new to me. I am only sharing this with you in the event that you too are looking for another way to support all of your body systems. If you are interested in learning more about essential oils, I recommend doing some research and/or clicking this link to learn more.
* I was able to find a testimonial of a woman who greatly diminished her Melasma with Frankincense.
I received my first Young Living order (containing eleven essential oils) a couple of months ago and started putting a few drops of Frankincense in my daily moisturizer. I would rub it around in my fingertips and then would apply it to my face.
After about a month, I noticed that the pigmentation had GREATLY diminished. I could not believe it! This was very exciting to me!
I continue to do this routine daily, and the pigmentation continues to dissipate.
I have read testimonials that Frankincense is good for your skin, so that is why I tried it. And it worked! I really love my essential oils!
You can read that testimonial here.