What is melasma?

Don't stay in the dark about this common skin condition
—learn more about melasma.

No one is really certain exactly what
causes melasma, but there are many factors that can trigger it including pregnancy, birth control pills, hormone therapy, cosmetics, and anti-seizure medications. Because melasma is so common during pregnancy, it is sometimes referred to as "the mask of pregnancy." Sun exposure is also a major melasma trigger because ultraviolet (UV) light from the sun can increase melanin production.

Melasma is a common skin condition that causes the appearance of brown to gray-brown patches of skin due to the body producing too much melanin, a natural substance that gives color to our hair, skin, and eyes. It usually appears on the face, although it can also develop on the forearms and neck.