Melasma is a condition most common in women. It is also known as the “mask of pregnancy” . It appears as tan, brown, grayish brown, or bluish-gray patches and freckle-like spots. In addition to the face, although less common, Melasma can also appear on the arms, neck, or other parts of the body.
Although there is no clear cause for melasma some possible triggers include sunlight, pregnancy, certain medications, stress, tanning beds, or thyroid issues. People most at risk for developing Melasma are women ages 20-40 with medium to dark skin tones. Additionally, people with blood relatives who have been diagnosed with Melasma are more at risk of developing it.
Although Malasma is a recurring skin condition and there is no permanent cure there are many ways to keep it under control and reduce flare-ups. A provider will work with the individual to find the root source of the flare-ups and work to get it under control with a series of treatments that may include but are not limited to skin care, Medication, laser resurfacing, microneedling, chemical peel.