Melasma is a discoloration of the skin commonly associated with flux of estrogen and progesterone. It’s typically seen in pregnant women—the ‘mask of pregnancy’, those taking oral contraceptives, during menopause and after prolonged sun exposure. Those with darker skin are most at risk.
Melasma treatment options include:
- Hydroquinone cream
- Chemical Peels
- Laser Treatments
The discoloration is mostly found symmetrically concentrated on the face: forehead, cheeks, nose and upper lip. Its seriousness is of a cosmetic nature and can promptly be handled by a minimally invasive procedure.
Melasma—which is most common in women and affects about 45 million people worldwide—appears as irregular patches of brown skin on the forehead, cheeks, upper lip and nose. Like most other pigmented lesions, Melasma is not dangerous, but it can be a self-confidence crusher, prompting many women to hide behind a mask of make-up.
Melasma is most common during hormonal fluctuations associated with pregnancy, oral contraceptives or hormone replacement therapy. So instead of celebrating the beauty of motherhood, women with Melasma must wear what’s often called “the mask of pregnancy”.