What is Melasma?

Melasma is a skin condition that causes brown or grey patches to appear, usually on the face. Most commonly appearing on the cheeks, nose, forehead, and chin, melasma appears more often in women, particularly during pregnancy, earning it the nickname “the mask of pregnancy”. Those with darker skin tones are also more at risk of developing melasma. While the causes of melasma are unknown, it is most likely the result of overactive melanocytes, cells that create colour in the skin, and can be triggered by factors such as sun exposure, hormonal changes, or skin care products.

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