One of the reasons I started this blog was to connect with other women who had Melasma, so we could get together and share information about how we were treating it. What worked. What didn’t work. I love hearing stories about women who have cured their melasma because it gives me hope. It gives us all hope. One woman who cured her melasma was kind enough to leave a lengthy comment on this blog post detailing the steps she took to cure Melasma. I thought I would do y’all a favor and give you the breakdown of exactly what she did!
Katie begins her story in the comments by revealing,
I’ve had Melasma for over 5 years. I have tried peels, exfoliation, otc creams, prescription creams etc. Nothing worked. Some even made it worse.
I met someone who had cured her melasma and she explained to me how she had done it. It was a long explanation and as you can imagine I was so focused on the “magic formula” that I paid little attention to the reason behind it.
It starts with a cleanse…
She kicked off her new Melasma regimen by going on a 5-day liquid cleanse. She drank water with a squeeze of lime first thing every morning and only ate liquefied vegetable juices, soups and herbal teas that she made at home. She then introduced organic fruits and salads into her liquid diet for another 3 days.
Skincare regimen to fade Melasma:
Katie used a Turmeric mask each night to lighten the appearance of Melasma. This mask was made of Turmeric Powder and water. She put it on her face for 30 minutes each night and then rinsed it off with a facial cleanser. Turmeric contains a component called curcumin which is a powerful anti-inflammatory and an antioxidant that works to reduce excess production of melanin. (Excess melanin is what gives Melasma the appearance on your face.)
She also uses a 60 SPF sunscreen on her face, even on cloudy days and especially days where she spends a lot of time in front of the computer screen. I thought this was very interesting, because it doesn’t always occur to me to wear sunscreen when I am inside my house working on the computer! (Here’s a list of some of our favorite sunscreens for Melasma)
Diet & Supplements to cure Melasma:
Perhaps the most dramatic part of her regimen was a change in her diet. This was not surprising, considering most of the Melasma cure stories that we’ve heard contain at least some change in diet.
Katie eliminated all red meats and eats primarily fish and seafood along with an occasional serving of chicken or turkey. She drinks one home-made green juice each day that she makes with a juicer and limits her sugar intake:
I limited sugar in my diet to the max. I quit sodas, ice creams, sugar in my coffee, and always check everything I buy for sugar content (even ketchup has sugar so this is important for me). I also watch for fruits high in natural sugar. Rather eat some fruits than juice them. This is what my friend said was the most important aspect of the regimen. So I avoid sugars as much as possible. I limit artificial sweeteners as well. Almost never eat those. I eat organic dark chocolate when I have a craving.
Along with the daily turmeric face mask mentioned above, she also takes a 1,200mg Turmeric supplement daily, taking a one week break from the vitamin every 3 weeks.
Though she isn’t sure exactly WHY this combination worked, she does credit her commitment to this regimen as the reason why her Melasma finally disappeared. In her words, Katie says, “It has worked for me and I know it has to do with the fact that I stuck with it. If I hadn’t waited all those months I would have missed out. It’s not easy quoting sugar and meat. But it was way more difficult living with melasma on my face. So this is something I much rather live with.”