Melasma is a pigmentation condition that causes brown patches on the skin, most often on the face. Melasma is common in pregnant females, people with darker skin, and people who live in sunny places, but can affect anyone.

Melasma presents as light or dark brown patches on the cheeks, forehead, upper lip, nose, chin, and jaw.

What is the treatment?

  • Topical medications: Your dermatologist can prescribe certain bleaching creams or compounded creams to lighten the dark patches of skin. Based on the response to the topical cream after 2-3 months, your dermatologist might decide to change the topical treatment.
  • Cosmetic treatment: If topical creams do not improve the melasma, cosmetic treatments such as chemical peel can be pursued to promote shedding of the top layer of pigmented skin.
  • Skin Care:
    • Wear sunscreen that protects against UVB and UVA rays. Tinted physical sunscreens can offer good protection and prevent worsening of melasma.
    • Wear a wide-brimmed hat to protect your face from the sun.

If you notice signs of melasma, our dermatologists can help develop a customized treatment plan for you.