What is Melasma?
What causes Melasma?
Melasma is caused by an overproduction of melanin, the pigment that produces skin color. It is affected or accelerated by sun exposure, genetic predisposition and hormones. Melasma is seen more in women than men, more in people with fair than dark skin and most often in pregnant women. It is sometimes called, “the mask of pregnancy”.
How is Melasma diagnosed?
The condition is easily diagnosed by a dermatologist through visual examination. A biopsy may sometimes be necessary for further examination in a laboratory. While melasma is a harmless skin condition, it is always advised to have a dermatologist examine the area and make the diagnosis as some skin cancers can mimic melasma.