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What type of hyperpigmentation is melasma?

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Melasma is a type of hyperpigmentation, which is when your skin is darker than normal. Melasma can lead to tan or brown patches, most often on your face. It can happen to women who’re pregnant, and some people call the condition the "mask of pregnancy.” But men, too, can get it. Melasma sometimes goes away after pregnancy. Prescription creams such as hydroquinone can treat it.

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Merck Manual Home Health Handbook: "Overview of Skin Pigment."

American Osteopathic College of Dermatology: "Hyperpigmentation."

American Academy of Dermatology: "Melasma."

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Healthy Skin Matters."

FDA.

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on August 27, 2019

SOURCES:

Merck Manual Home Health Handbook: "Overview of Skin Pigment."

American Osteopathic College of Dermatology: "Hyperpigmentation."

American Academy of Dermatology: "Melasma."

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Healthy Skin Matters."

FDA.

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on August 27, 2019

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