Melasma, also known as pregnancy mask, occurs as brown patches on the skin normally on the face, neck, cheeks, bridge of nose and forehead and occurs often as a result of taking oral or patch birth control. It is caused by spikes in certain hormones in the body when you are exposed to the sun. Melasma doesnt have any other effects on the body beyond the visual patches. Melasma typically occurs during pregnancy and also occurs as you near menopause.
Malasma can be diagnosed visually or using a Wood’s Lamp and are dark and irregular hyperpigmented patches occurring on the face and develops over time with exposure to the sun.
The best way to minimize the patches are to use sunscreen.
Steil Dermatology offers a number of treatments for Malasma including: