Melasma, sometimes referred to as “the mask of pregnancy,” is a frustrating condition. The brown or bluish patches can be very visible and difficult to cover with makeup. Fortunately, melasma treatment can give you clearer, more even skin. This condition should only be treated by a provider with extensive skill and experience, such as our Premier Vein & Body by Schwartz experts.
What is Melasma?
Melasma is a condition caused by the overproduction of melanin in certain areas of your skin. Cells called melanocytes make melanin to protect your skin from sun damage. Melanin also gives color to the eyes, skin, and hair. Melasma occurs when melanocytes in parts of your skin become activated to make too much melanin. Common places for melasma include the forehead, cheeks, jawline, and upper lip, although it can affect other areas of the face and body.
Melasma can spread across the face or appear as blotches or spots. It is flat, smooth, and not itchy or irritated. It feels the same as a freckle, which is also a small spot of melanin overproduction. Melasma varies widely in appearance and may have a blotchy appearance with different colors. Some people have light pigmentation, while others may see a much darker tone.