Melasma is a common pigmentation disorder that causes brown or gray patches to appear on the skin, primarily on the face.
The most common areas for melasma to appear on the face include:
- the bridge of the nose
- the forehead
- the cheeks
- the upper lip
Melasma may also appear on other areas of the body, especially those exposed to a lot of sunlight. Melasma can fade on its own. This usually happens when a trigger, such as a pregnancy or birth control pills, causes the melasma. When a woman delivers her baby or stops taking the birth control pills, melasma can fade.
Did you know not all skin types photoage the same?
Due to having more melanocytes in darker skin types that produce pigment more people with darker skin tan first absorb more uvb that can be photodamaging so you age more gracefully. However! Hyperpigmentation is also a more common concern and the number one cause is exposure to sun which has UVA, UVB, visible light, infrared, and heat sometimes from medications we take as well.