Melasma

What is Melasma?

Melasma is a skin problem, resulting in brown patches on the face. The cause is uncertain. However, it is probable that melanocytes, the color-making cells in the skin are associated with these areas of dark color.

Appearance

The brown patches appear on the face mostly on the:

Who gets Melasma?

Risk factors

Treatment

Melasma caused by risk factors such as pregnancy or birth control pills may fade over time.


Medicine:

Procedures

Prevention

Use protection such as sunscreen and a wide-brimmed hat.

Learn more at the Laser Treatments’ page: Brown Spot Treatment.

Learn more at the American Academy of Dermatology: AAD Melasma.

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