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Melasma, also known as chloasma, is a skin pigmentation disorder that causes brown and grey-brown patches to form on the skin. Although usually confined to the face and neck, it can also affect the shoulders, arms and other areas of the body.

Scroll down to learn more about the causes, symptoms and what effective treatments are available to visibly reduce the appearance of melasma.

melasma on womans cheeks


Although anybody can develop melasma, it is most common in women with a darker skin tone. It is not an infection, and it is not a disease.

The most commonly identified cause of melasma is hormonal imbalance. Women are most susceptible to developing melasma during pregnancy. Men are most susceptible to developing it during periods of intense stress. Birth control pills and hormone therapy can cause melasma. Thyroid disease is another cause.

Melasma can be hereditary. If your parents or grandparents have melasma, the gene may be passed down to you. Sunshine and the use of sunbeds have also been linked to melasma, with UV light tending to worsen it.


The symptoms of melasma are dark, irregular patches of skin appearing on the body. Most commonly, they are found on the face and neck with the nose and cheeks being the first to show signs. Melasma usually develops gradually over time.

Because melasma is simply darker-than-normal skin, it is not itchy or sore. It does not bleed or flake. It acts and feels like normal skin. It just looks different.

Melanoma and Skin Cancer Early Detection

Ignorance regarding the early signs and symptoms of skin cancer and melanoma are widespread. With over 86% of all cases of melanoma preventable and early detection vital for survival.

At Andrea Catton Laser Clinic, you can feel safe in the knowledge that Andrea is Masced accredited for melanoma and skin cancer early detection. During your appointment Andrea will inform you if she thinks you should consult your GP.

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