For those of you over 25, maybe melasma is the most common and also the most “stubborn” disease.
Melasma is a condition in which brown or grey-brown patches appear on the skin. This phenomenon often occurs on the skin of the face, neck, chest or back due to exposure to direct sunlight. Melasma is not dangerous to health, but it greatly affects aesthetics and causes women to lose confidence in communication.
Using lemon juice to treat melasma is one of the methods passed down by many sisters. Because lemon is both cheap and easy to find in families. Lemons have also been shown to contain plenty of citric acid. This type of acid has both the effect of exfoliating the skin and helping to remove the outer horny layer, improving the skin’s surface while effectively preventing skin aging.
But is using lemon juice to treat melasma really that divine? Listen to a dermatologist’s answer.
“I’m turning 30 this year, I have fairly dark skin but I think it’s pretty healthy. Recently I discovered that both my cheeks have faint pigment spots, I’m afraid the longer I leave it the worse it will be. It’s serious, so I researched a lot of information online. I see many people recommend using lemon juice on the skin to treat melasma, but I’m a bit concerned that lemon juice will hurt the skin. Hope the dermatologist can explain it. Please help me see if I should use lemon juice to treat melasma? I hope the doctor can answer my question.”
Can Using Lemon Juice Treat Melasma?
To your question, the doctor would like to answer as follows: lemon is citric acid, because any kind of acid, if we apply it on the skin, can also cause flaking and exfoliation.
You may see the melasma fading in the early stages, but applying lemon to the face can also thin the skin, which can lead to post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, hyperpigmentation due to the sun, and severe skin damage. more… Therefore, doctors do not recommend using lemon on the skin to treat melasma.
There are a number of foods in nature that help treat skin pigmentation, such as perilla leaves, aloe vera, coconut oil… These methods only have a supportive effect, but hardly ever fade. we absolutely. It is also important to ensure adequate sun protection when using these ingredients to treat melasma.
The causes of melasma are many, maybe not melasma caused by melanin, but also many other causes of melasma such as collagen under the skin, blood vessels under the skin, from stagnation of pigments… so best you should see a doctor anyway able be able to find out the cause of melasma in order to recommend the most appropriate treatment method.
BSCKII Dermatology Nguyen Phuong Thao (Professional Director of Pensilia Cosmetic Dermatology Clinic System)