What is melasma?
Melasma is a common skin condition in which brown patches appear on the skin. Melasma most often affects the skin on the face. It can also develop on the forearms and neck.
Melasma is a skin condition that causes patches and spots, usually on the face, which are darker than your natural skin tone.
What is melasma?
Melasma is a common skin condition in which brown patches appear on the skin. Melasma most often affects the skin on the face. It can also develop on the forearms and neck. Melasma is not a serious condition. But it can affect your appearance and the way you feel about it.
What causes melasma?
Doctors don’t know exactly what causes melasma. It probably happens when the color-making cells in the skin produce too much color. Anyone can get it, but it is more common among young women. The condition is often associated with the female hormones estrogen and progesterone. You are at increased risk of developing melasma if you are a woman who:
- Takes birth control pills.
- Takes hormone replacement therapy.
- Is pregnant. Melasma often appears during pregnancy, in the second or third trimesters. It is sometimes called the “mask of pregnancy.”
Being out in the sun for too long and too often also puts you at risk for this condition. Melasma is common in people who live in tropical climates. People who have darker skin are also more likely to get it.
Living with melasma
It may take several months before you see the results of treatment. It’s important to follow your doctor’s recommendations, even if you haven’t seen any improvement yet.
You may need to keep treating your skin even after your melasma goes away. This can help keep it from returning. It is also important to avoid being in the sun and to use sunscreen daily. This will also help prevent melasma from returning.