Melasma - Marlene J. Mash, MD

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Medical Dermatology
Melasma is a common skin problem. It is also called  chloasma, or the “mask of pregnancy” when it occurs in pregnant women. While  men can develop melasma, 90 percent of individuals with the condition are  women, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.

The condition causes patches of dark discoloration to occur  on your skin. These patches are darker than your typical skin color. While the  majority of cases occur on the face, other areas of your body that are often  exposed to sun can also develop melasma. When it occurs on the face, it is  typically symmetrical, with marks on both sides of the face matching.

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