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Melasma and its Ayurvedic management

by Dr Vaid Ji on Oct 26, 2023

Melasma and its Ayurvedic management


Melasma is a condition in which brown patches appear on the face. It occurs due to hormonal changes during pregnancy or from sun exposure. It happens because of overproduction of the cells that make the color of your skin. It is common, harmless.  It fades after a few months. It appears most commonly on your cheeks, chin, nose above the upper lip and the forehead.


There are 2 main causes of melasma, radiation, whether ultraviolet, visible light or infrared light and hormones. Other causes of melasma includes-

  • Contraceptive therapy
  • Antiseizure medications
  • Estrogen / diethylstilbestrol
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Pregnancy
  • Hormones
  • Cosmetics
  • Phototoxic drugs

What are the signs and symptoms of melasma?

It causes light brown, dark brown or bluish patches on your skin; sometimes patches can become red or inflamed. It appears in six locations or a combination of locations on your skin-

  • Centrofacial – melasma appears on your cheeks, forehead, nose and upper lip
  • Malar- it appears on your cheeks and nose
  • Lateral cheek pattern- it appears on both cheeks
  • Brachial- melasma appears on your shoulders and upper arms
  • Mandibular- it appears on the jawline
  • Neck-in people of age 50 or older it appears on all sides of the neck

Differential Diagnosis-

  • Drug induced photosensitivity
  • Lichen planus
  • Mastocytosis
  • Acanthosis nigricans
  • Dermatitis
  • Acanthosis nigricans

Good Food in Melasma-

  • Almonds
  • Kiwis
  • Brightly colored vegetables
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Citrus fruits
  • Papaya
  • Flax seeds
  • Leafy vegetables

Food to be avoid in Melasma-

  • Milk and dairy products
  • Soy products
  • Shellfish
  • Marine fish
  • Peanuts

Prevention In melasma-

  • Avoiding sun exposure
  • LED screens
  • Irritating soaps
  • Tanning beds

Ayurvedic management of Melasma –

In ayurveda melasma can be correlated with vyanga which can be caused by vitiation of pitta and vata dosha than it affects the rakta dhatu, Vataja, Pittaja, Kaphaja raktaja are the types of vyanga.

Panchkarma treatment-

  • Rakatmokshana
  • Pralepa
  • Abhyanga
  • Nasya

Herbs used in Melasma-

  • Sariva
  • Cardamom
  • Amla
  • Daruharidra
  • Lodhra
  • Turmeric
  • neem

Yoga asana-

  • Bhujangasana
  • Sarvangasana
  • Uttanasana


1. Detox Premium Powder

The sachet includes all the natural ingredients which help to detoxify the body and maintain the natural luster and glow in the skin.  This herbal sachet contains various ingredients mentioned below:

  1. Parwal Pishti– It is an Ayurvedic medication based on Coral Calcium. Parwal pishti acts as an anti-inflammatory. It prevents from sunburn and pricking sensation in the skin after burning, etc.
  2. Shukta Pishti– It is prepared from the pearl oyster shell. Shukta Pishti is used in acne and skin allergy. It mainly helps to remove the patches.
  3. Giloy Satva– Giloy satva is ayurvedic preparation that reduces the signs of aging, dark spots, pimples, etc.
  4. Gandhak Rasayana– This is a classical preparation used in itching, burning sensation, urticaria, eczema, scabies, pimples, etc.
  5. Kamdudha Rasa– Kamdudha Ras is an herbal-mineral ayurvedic classical medicine having SHEETA VIRYA properties. It is used in burning sensation, excessive sweating, hot flashes, heat sensation, etc.
  6. Sudh Yog Powder-It helps to remove patches, acne. Sudh Yog Powder helps in nourishing and moisturizing the skin. This powder promotes detoxification and rejuvenation. It helps in engender vibrant, which makes the skin healthy.
  7. Jahar Mohra Pishti– Jahar mohra pishti is an Ayurvedic mineral based formulation. In Ayurveda, it mainly works on pitta dosha. The main work of Jahar Mohra Pishti is to detoxify the body and maintain the luster on the face.

Recommended Dosage –Take 1 Sachet twice a day with normal water.

2. Panchatikta Ghrita Guggulu: 

Panchatikta Ghrita Guggulu is an ayurvedic preparation mainly used for skin diseases. This tablet contains pure herbal ingredients such as Nimba(Azadirachta indica), Patola(Cucumis acutangulus), Guduchi(Tinospora cordifolia), Vasa(Adhatoda vasica), etc. This tablet promotes detoxification and rejuvenation. Panchatikta Ghrita Guggulu tablet is a natural source of anti –oxidant. It promotes engender vibrant and healthy skin.
Recommended Dosage – Take 1 tablet twice a day with normal water.

3. Skin Glow Kadha :

This herbal decoction gently and deeply cleanses the skin. It makes your skin fair and bright. The decoction is composed of dalchini, giloy, tulsi, chirata, haldi, mahaguni, bahera, etc. Skin Glow Decoction reduces spots, marks, and blemishes. It contains saffron which reduces the Melanin pigment in the skin. This decoction is suitable for all skin types.
Recommended Dosage – Take 10 mL twice a daily with normal water.

4. Twak Churana :

This herbal powder is prepared from two herbs Manjistha (Rubia cordifolia) & Chopchini(Smilax malabarica) that in combination reduces uneven pigmentation. Manjishtha mainly helps in deep detoxification and blood purification. It can also be used for hand lotion to treat dry, cracked hands, or feet. This herbal powder is good for dry skin, rashes, acne. It has been used in psoriasis. Skin Glow powder removes toxins and impurities of blood. This powder helps to rejuvenate and promote the longevity. It helps to open the blocked sweat pores. This powder is used in infectious conditions like, eczema, pimples, and chronic skin disorders.
Recommended Dosage – Take 1 teaspoonful twice a day with normal water.

5. Panchsakar Churna :

Panchsakar Churna is an ayurvedic formulation that consists of five ingredients named as – Saindhav Lavana (Rock Salt), Swarnapatri (Cassia angustifolia), Shatapushpa (Anethum sowa), Shunti – (Zingiber officinale), Balaharitaki (Unripe fruits of Terminalia chebula). Panchsakar Churna is naturally detoxifying, thus it removes the toxins from the body. It relieves inflammation and
useful in all types of skin problems.The powder has an anti – inflammatory properties due to which it can reduces the swelling.
Recommended Dosage – Take 1 teaspoonful with lukewarm water at bedtime.

6. Orange Face Cream:

Orange Face Cream makes your skin look beautiful, softer, and healthier for long duration. Oranges are rich in calcium, fibre and vitamin C which aid in skin exfoliation and help to dry out acne, improving the overall look of your skin. Orange face cream helps in drawing out all the impurities leaving a beautiful healthy glow. Natural oils present in Oranges help to moisturise skin.

Recommended Dosage – Gently apply on your face twice daily.

7. Aloe Vera Gel:

Aloe Vera herb is well known for its medicinal properties and has multiple benefits in case of skin problems. The gel is made up of pure extract of aloe Vera that has a mixture of rose petals in it. The gel has anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial properties and also provides a
coolant effect to the skin. This gel provides good result in Acne or Pimples, Dry Skin, Hyper- Pigmentation, Provides natural glow to the skin.

Method of Application – Gently apply over the affected area of the skin.

8. Skin Care Plus Tablet: :

Skin care is a blood purifying tablet. It cools and detoxifies the blood, removes stagnant blood and dissolves obstructions in the blood flow that further increase blood circulation of the skin. It minimizes the blemishes, lighten sun tan, delay ageing of skin and heal skin problems.

Recommended Dosage – Take 1 tablets twice a day with normal water.