Melasma or Chloasma or Pregnancy mask
Melasma is a very common patchy brown, tan, or blue-gray facial skin discoloration.
Women with brownish skin tones are more prone to get it. It is especially common in pregnant women, women who are taking birth control pills, and women taking hormone replacement therapy during menopause. Sun exposure is also a strong risk factor for melasma. The condition is particularly common in tropical climates.
Melasma does not cause any other problem except cosmetic reasons for a women to get rid of it. A uniform brown color is usually seen over the cheeks, forehead, nose, or upper lip. It is mosty symmetrical.Treatment: Melasma goes of its own after pregnancy or after stopping the oral contraceptive pills.Creams containing tretinoin, kojic acid, have been shown to improve the appearance of melasma. 2% hydroquinone creams, Sunscreen, Sun avoidance all help.
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