Melasma is a condition that occurs most commonly in women that are pregnant or using
oral contraceptives. It refers to mottled pigmentation seen most often on the face
and neck. It is a form of hyperpigmentation that is worsened by exposure to the
sun. Infrequently it occurs in men.
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Melasma is seen most commonly in pregnant women, or women using oral contraceptives. It’s shown to be related to endocrine dysfunction, certain medications, certain nutritional deficiencies, and hepatic (liver) dysfunction.
The infrequency of Melasma in postmenopausal women on estrogen replacement suggests that estrogen alone is not the cause.
Sun exposure appears to be a stimulating factor in predisposed individuals. It is not proven to be hereditary.
The simplest way to protect against the further development of Melasma is to discontinue
the use of oral contraceptives and stay out of the sun. If you must be exposed to
the sun, make sure to use sunscreen with an SPF factor of at least 15. Use only
sunscreen that blocks UVA and UVB rays.
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