Melasma is a skin condition that affects thousands of people all over the world. It is sometimes called chloasma or the “mask of pregnancy” and is most prevalent in women. In it’s most common form, melasma occurs on the face in the form of dark pigmented patches and discolorations. These dark areas are usually flat and typically develop gradually over time. Melasma often occurs after hormonal changes such as pregnancy or by the use of oral contraceptives. Even though melasma is only cosmetic and does not present any other symptoms, the condition is often extremely detrimental to the individual’s self confidence. Fortunately there are some effective treatments that can assist in reducing the appearance of the dark discolorations of the skin caused by melasma.
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