Saturday, May 24, 2008

TIME TO TRY A LEMON SCRUB

I hate hate hate this but I'm one of those poor unfortunate souls that suffers from malasma. For those who don't know what that is, it's the ugly brown spots that develop on certain areas of the face because of some crazy hormone dysfunction. Yup, I call it a "dysfunction." I noticed the brown spots appearing shortly after I had my first child. My sister-in-law had malasma while pregnant with her 3rd child and it faded after pregnancy with the help of a cream called "concha nacar." Sooooo, I used the darn cream and it didn't help. My skin kept getting worse, first on the upper lip, then on the cheek bones, then on the forehead. I started to notice that the dark spots even hurt when exposed to sunlight. I had some goofy dermatologist tell me it was sun damage. NOT POSSIBLE! Dorky guy, I'm not a sun worshipper. LOL! Anyway... Long story shorter - It isn't going away. I've done the research and this stuff is here to stay. I have options like Level 3 chemical peels, NOT HAPPENING TO THIS FACE, NOOO WAY! I've decided to try my own concoctions. Next step, LOTS OF LEMONS. If anyone has any tips on what can naturally lighten the skin please send them my way. I'm an experiment about to happen.

8 comments:

Amy Warden said...

A couple things: when I used a salt bar soap, I noticed that it bleached my nylon scrubby. I don't know if it would lighten skin though. Maybe someone else knows... Also, licorice extract is supposed to be an effective skin lightener. I have some if you'd like to experiment.

Michelle said...

Wow Amy, thanks for the tip!! I'll check out the natural health store and give it a try.

Carrie Garvin said...

I wish I could offer something~ I'm sure there just must be something that would help.

What about mineral make-up? Anyway just a thought.

Hugs to you...

Heather@Twin Birch said...

Hmmm, I don't know a good answer... Hopefully you'll come across something natural & gentle!
Let us know! :)

Anne-Marie said...

Just don't go outside with the lemon on your face - it's a photosensetizer and might exacerbate the sun's rays and give you a nasty sunburn on top of the brown spots =)

Michelle said...

Thanks for the additional info. AM! My poor face hasn't seen the sun in soooooo long. This Melasma is crazy, even ultraviolet light causes it to darken :(

Carrie,
I use the bareminerals to cover it up but on Tuesday I went to their store and I found out they also developed a new natural product to put on nightly that contains Titanium Dioxide, vitamin A, vitamin C, and a bunch of other things to help cell regeneration. I jumped on it. I don't know if it will help but worth a shot.

Heather@Twin Birch said...

Hey Michelle~ I was reading a book last night which suggested that a yogurt mask is the gentlest way to bleach/balance skin color. It has some properties, the book said.

Michelle said...

Wow, thanks Heather! I didn't know that about yogurt. I have a fridge full so I'm going to give that a try - thank you! ((hugs))