I promised myself that if I find something that heals my melasma I will let everyone know, so here goes!
My melasma started 3 years ago after a very traumatic period in my life.
I've tried all the peels, lasers (stay away!!!!!) supplements, ACV and homeopathy and nothing worked, it would look a bit lighter for a week or two and then just proceed to get darker.
Eventually I started going for acupuncture. As I was really constipated (and have been for most of my life) the acupuncturist recommended I go for a food allergy test. Turned out I have food intolerance's for dairy, egg, gluten and beef. And that it was probably caused by leaky gut. I cut out all the stuff I can't eat and the nutritionist that did the test also recommended taking Glutamine, Probiotics, Zinc and a formula called Ultrainflamex.
It has been a month and you can almost not see the melasma anymore! I also tested positive for candida a week ago and I'm now on the candida diet...that has also made a big difference.
I can't wait to see what it will look like in 3 months!
It has taken me sooo long to get here, but what I've learnt along the way is that everything is connected. You can't fix this from the outside and it's best to see a professional to help you along the way.
For me I think the biggest cause was leaky gut and candida caused by severe stress and anxiety. But that also influenced my adrenals and other hormones.
The only way to get rid of melasma and making sure it never comes back again is healing your body from the inside, eating healthily, managing stress and taking care of yourself.