Melasma is a very common patchy brown skin discoloration, almost entirely seen on the faces of women in their reproductive years. It typically appears on the upper cheeks, upper lip, forehead, and chin of women 20-50 years of age. Although possible, it is uncommon in males. It is thought to be primarily related to external sun exposure, external hormones like birth control pills, and internal hormonal changes as seen in pregnancy. Most people with Melasma have a history of daily or intermittent sun exposure. Melasma is most commonly seen among pregnant women, especially those of Latin and Asian descents. People with olive or darker skin, like Hispanic, Asian, and Middle Eastern individuals, have higher incidences of Melasma.
Treatment requires BroadBand Light therapy and Laser Resurfacing, as well as regular sunscreen application and skin lightening creams, are recommended. Laser therapy can be of benefit, however, there is no cure for Melasma.
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