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From The Inside Out, Fight Melasma

Feb 14, 2008
Article Three of Three in Series on Fighting Melasma

Skin care treatments are not entirely composed of topical cleansers, gels, and moisturizers. Melasma, like many skin conditions, can be treated most effectively by catering to your internal needs like your diet, for instance. Whether you choose to treat your melasma internally, externally, or both, there is no quick way to eliminate it entirely. Instead, you'll prevent future problems and slowly improve your current skin fitness.

Keep a healthy skin fitness diet

Some studies show that a folate deficiency could be related to melasma. Pregnant women and women on birth control pills often have low levels of folic acid. To counteract this deficiency, take a folic acid supplement and eat foods high in folic acid like citrus fruits, nuts, green leafy vegetables, whole-grain foods.

Copper is available in many different foods and too much copper in your diet could lead to melasma. If by the off chance you have too much (most of us don't reach the recommended daily allowance of two milligrams), it could lead to melasma because copper can aid melanin production in skin cells. An iron and vitamin C supplement will counteract this result.

Antioxidants help your skin cells heal and also help your body fight of free radicals, or harmful elements in the environment, like pollutants and the sun. Obviously these two things can be damaging to the skin making antioxidants essential in fighting melasma. Vitamins C and E are the most common antioxidants and are found in many topical skin care products and can easily be consumed through vitamin supplements or in foods like citrus fruits, nuts, and fish.

Detoxify for melasma free skin

Many eastern medicine philosophies state that impurities in the liver result in skin discoloration. In the west this notion has caught on and now many dermatologists and estheticians recommend an occasional detox, or cleanse as it is commonly called, for clearing the skin of melasma.

If done properly, a cleanse will flush toxins that build up over time in the body. These toxins that build up in the liver come from inefficiencies in the body, the environment, and food and drink. They are often noticeable because of the skin's texture and tone.

There are several recommended detoxifying supplements, soaks, and diets, which include the likes of salts, sulfer, acidophilus, and milk thistle. Be sure to research the product closely and ask your doctor if it has any harmful implications, whatever you choose to try.

In fighting melasma, diet and detox are just two factors. In the second and third articles of the Fighting Melasma series, more melasma removal information is discussed.
About the Author
Author Sara Musfeldt's website SkinFitnessFacts.com helps people achieve fit skin. The website has info on melasma treatments, male melasma, and help figuring out if it's melasma or freckles.
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