Melasma is a common skin condition in which dark patches appear on sun exposed areas of the skin, most commonly on the face. Melasma is not dangerous to your health but everyone can probably agree that walking around with dark patches on your face and cheeks can be embarrassing. Melasma can affect people of all skin colors but tends to affect more people with darker skin complexions.

The exact cause of melasma is not known but there are many factors that contribute to its development including excess ultraviolet radiation, changes in hormones, and stress. There are many healing traditions which have been treating melasma for thousands of years. Is it possible that acupuncture, hedbal medicine, meditation, and stress relief techniques can effectively treat melasma? We've searched the world for experts to explain how their approaches can help people with melasma.

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Western

Melasma is a common skin condition in which dark patches appear on sun exposed areas of the skin, most commonly the face. Melasma is not dangerous to your health, but everyone can probably agree that walking around with dark patches on the face and cheeks can be embarrassing. The exact cause of melasma has not been established and this may explain why a cure is not available currently. There are many factors that contribute to the development of this pigmentary skin change, creating a complex condition. Excess ultraviolet radiation, changes in hormones, and stress can all worsen melasma.

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Naturopathy

The exact cause of melasma has not been established and there are likely many factors that contribute to the development of this pigmentary skin change. Naturopathic doctors focus on helping patients understand and avoid those triggers, and may also add herbs, lifestyle modifications, and dietary supplements to the treatment plan.

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Traditional Chinese

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, melasma is known as mian chen (), or “dusty complexion.” It is most commonly attributed to strong emotions, poor diet, and a deficiency of the kidney vital organ system and stagnation in the flow of Qi, so that the complexion lacks vitality and color. This condition may present as one of excess, deficiency, or a combination of both.[1]

 

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