Melasma: The Basics

Melasma is a form of hyper pigmentation that can occur on parts of the body that is exposed to sunlight. It presents itself as a darkened or tan skin discoloration. Melasma commonly occurs in pregnant women. When it occurs during pregnancy, melasma is commonly known as the mask of pregnancy. Melasma most commonly occurs in women, but as many as ten percent of sufferers are men. It can occur in people of all races, but people of Asian or Hispanic descent are most likely to experience melasma. The disease is purely cosmetic, and it is not painful. Melasma also has not been linked to any underlying diseases, but most sufferers find the disease to be very embarrassing.

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