So many of my clients suffer from some form of hyperpigmentation and melasma. There is a huge misconception that the sun is the only culprit of hyperpigmenting and that sunscreen prevents those pesky brown spots. Sunscreens only convert UV rays into heat, which can still cause inflammation in the skin yet help prevent a sunburn. The use of sunscreen actually gives us a false sense of security and allows for us to be out in the sun much much longer than evolution intended for our skin.
I advise EVERY client to wear only sunblock, use a hat and find shade when out in the sun. I also think (GASP) that a little unprotected sun is GOOD for you. I know! A little, read (LITTLE) bit of sunlight is wonderful for increasing natural Vitamin D production and helps to lift our spirits. Flowers and plants need the sun to grow and bloom…and so do we. That being said, if you are suffering from unwanted discoloration there are two gentle and effective ways to help: liver detox support and topical essential oils. I am very reluctant to recommend laser or intesive chemical peels for pigmentation as they set the stage for the destruction of healthy skin. They cause massive trauma and inflammation – both of which increase pigment and free radicals. They also make you extremely vulnerable to sun damage – NOT good.
I love this article because it does such a great job of explaining in plain terms where hyperpigmentation comes from and how to work with your body to relieve it.
Here’s my topical oil recipe for melasma and hyperpigmentation. Note: I ONLY recommend Young Living Oils as they are the very best quality and have more than two decades of experience growing, distilling and blending! You can contact me anytime for more information on how to order these amazing oils for your own use!
topical recipe for 1 oz bottle – make sure its blue or amber glass:
Use all of these oils or just the ones you want…should be about 15 drops total to 1 oz carrier oil – place all essential oils in bottle first, then roll bottle to blend and then fill almost to the top with carrier. Use dropper to apply a pea sized amount in lieu of traditional moisturizer twice daily!
rose (awesome but optional as the real stuff is way expensive!)