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  • Writer's pictureDr. Karuturi Subrahmanyam

Melasma - Natural Home Remedies


Melasma is a skin condition that causes dark patches or spots to appear on the face, especially on the forehead, cheeks, and upper lip. It is more common in women than men, and it can be triggered by hormonal changes, sun exposure, or genetic factors. Melasma is not harmful or contagious, but it can affect one’s self-esteem and confidence.


There are various treatments available for melasma, such as topical creams, chemical peels, or laser therapy. However, some people may prefer to try natural home remedies that can help lighten the skin and reduce the appearance of melasma. Here are some of the most popular and effective home remedies for melasma:

  • Lemon juice: Lemon juice is rich in vitamin C, which can inhibit the enzyme that produces melanin, the pigment that causes skin darkening. To use lemon juice for melasma, dilute it with water and apply it to the affected areas with a cotton ball. Leave it on for 15 minutes and then rinse with lukewarm water. Repeat this twice a day for best results. Note: Lemon juice can make your skin more sensitive to the sun, so avoid sun exposure or use sunscreen after applying it.

  • Turmeric: Turmeric is a spice that has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It can also block the enzyme that produces melanin and help even out the skin tone. To use turmeric for melasma, mix two teaspoons of turmeric powder with some milk and lemon juice to make a paste. Apply the paste to the affected areas and leave it on for 20 minutes. Wash it off with lukewarm water. Do this once a day for best results.

  • Aloe vera: Aloe vera is a plant that has soothing and moisturizing effects on the skin. It can also help reduce hyperpigmentation and improve the skin’s elasticity. To use aloe vera for melasma, extract the gel from an aloe vera leaf and apply it to the affected areas. Leave it on for 15 minutes and then rinse with lukewarm water. Do this twice a day for best results.

  • Apple cider vinegar: Apple cider vinegar is a natural astringent and exfoliant that can help remove dead skin cells and lighten the skin. It can also balance the skin’s pH and reduce inflammation. To use apple cider vinegar for melasma, dilute it with water and apply it to the affected areas with a cotton ball. Leave it on for 10 minutes and then rinse with lukewarm water. Do this once a day for best results.

  • Onion juice: Onion juice is another natural bleaching agent that can help fade melasma spots. It can also stimulate collagen production and improve the skin’s texture. To use onion juice for melasma, chop an onion and squeeze out its juice. Mix it with some honey and apply it to the affected areas with a cotton ball. Leave it on for 15 minutes and then rinse with lukewarm water. Do this once a day for best results.


These are some of the natural home remedies that can help treat melasma. However, keep in mind that these remedies may not work for everyone and may take some time to show results. Also, consult your doctor before using any of these remedies if you have any skin allergies or medical conditions. Moreover, avoid sun exposure or use sunscreen when using these remedies, as they can make your skin more prone to sun damage. Lastly, maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle, and drink plenty of water to keep your skin hydrated and nourished.


Dr. Karuturi Subrahmanyam, MD, FRCP (London), FACP (USA)

Internal Medicine Specialist


Kify Hospital

Danavaipeta

Rajahmundry

Phone : 85000 23456

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