Melasma: Signs and symptoms

Common signs (what you see) of melasma are brown or gray-brown patches on the face. These patches most commonly appear on the:

  • Cheeks.
  • Forehead.
  • Bridge of the nose.
  • Above the upper lip.
  • Chin.

Some people get patches on their forearms or neck. This is less common.

Melasma does not cause any symptoms (what people feel). But many people dislike the way melasma makes their skin look.

                Women who have melasma Melasma: Blothcy patches of darker color often appear on the cheeks. The woman on the right developed the brown patches while  pregnant.

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Images used with permission of the American Academy of Dermatology National Library of Dermatologic Teaching Slides.

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