True of False: Can Castor Oil Help Treat Melasma?
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False until proven in studies to reduce melasma.
Melasma can not be completely cured, however effective treatment are possible. This is because your skin is extremely sensitive to UV and even the smallest amount can stimulate your pigment cells to produce colour. The mainstay of treatment is strict UV protection- hats, sunglasses and SPF every 4 hours.
I prefer to use a combination of creams and laser for melasma. Hydroquinone can be used (5-8%), along with vitamin A creams. I usually start my patients on laser (low dose Q switch or Picosure) a few weeks after they commence on creams. Another laser I use is the Clear and Brilliant in the Permea setting combined with creams.
In some cases I combine glycolic AHA peels, and in other cases I use a tablet called Tranexamic acid to help. Melasma treatments should be tailored to each patient.
All the best, Dr Davin Lim. Laser, surgical and aesthetic dermatologist. Brisbane, Australia
Melasma is not imporved with castor oil
There are no studies that show that castor oil helps relieve melasma.
Melasma needs long term commitment with skin care and avoidance of skin factors such as sun exposure (Spectrase Sun Block) which has wide UV spectrum and SPF 30+ protection.
Daily good habits with topicals may well help you chieve your goals with a good skin system like the Brightening Kit from KareSkin (see link). You may want to start with Melarase and Pigmentation Correction Complex. Scler-X from another vendor is for PIH relief (see link).
Melarase AM is non hydroquinone based and allowed for use in the EU and UK.
H Karamanoukian MD FACS
Melarase AM for natural skin lighteners
If you want natural remedies, I would opt for Hydroquinone free Melarase AM with SPF 30 to help with your melasma.
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Thank you for your question. Melasma is a condition characterized by the appearace of dark patches on the skin. I have not heard of castor oil being used for melasma treatment. Common topical products used to treat melasma include hydroquinone, retinoic acid, salicylic acid, glycolic acid, lactic acid, vitamins C and E, kojic acid, alpha-arbutin, and licorice extract. Please consult with a doctor for specific recommendations. Good luck!
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