Melasma is a common skin condition which brown or greyish patches of pigmentation develop, usually on the face.

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Melasma, also known as chloasma and the mask of pregnancy, is a common skin condition which presents with light to dark brown or greyish patches of pigmentation on the face affecting the cheeks, forehead, upper lip, nose and chin, usually in a symmetrical manner. The name comes from melas, the Greek word for black. It is more common in women, especially pregnant women, and people with darker skin-types who live in sunny climates. However, it can affect men and all ethnic origins.

Melasma usually becomes more noticeable in the summer and improves during the winter months. It is not an infection therefore it is not contagious and it is not due to an allergy. It is not cancerous and will not develop into skin cancer.

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The exact cause is unknown, but several factors can contribute. These include pregnancy, hormonal drugs such as the oral contraceptive pill, and medical conditions that affect hormone levels. Sunshine and the use of sun-beds can make the tendency to melasma worse.

There is no known cure for melasma, but there are several treatment options that may improve the appearance. If melasma occurs during pregnancy, it may resolve a few months after delivery and treatment may not be necessary.