What is melasma?
It’s a dark discoloration of skin normally seen on the face and upper arms. Exposure to sunlight makes the marks more prominent.
What is the cause of melasma?
Though not completely understood, pigmentation is usually attributed to an imbalance in or disturbed activity of the female hormones, especially progesterone. Menopause and pregnancy are common periods when its occurrence is highest. Oral contraceptives and an underactive or overactive thyroid can also trigger the appearance of melasma.
Is melasma dangerous?
Melasma is usually part of the bigger picture. By itself melasma causes an aesthetic problem since it can look unsightly. However, the underlying cause may be quite serious and must be tackled to treat the condition.
Is melasma curable?
It’s curable but the process is slow and sometimes the condition may recur. Also if the pigmentation is deep (dermal melisma) the cure is limited.
Can homeopathy treat melasma?
Homeopathy treats the root cause of the problem. As such the pigmentation is not the condition being treated. Instead, the reason for the excess production of the pigment—a hormonal disturbance or hypersensitive skin—is dealt with. Cure is usually possible. But as said before, the treatment shows gradual results at best and has to be supported by complete avoidance of sun.