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A hyperpigmentation disorder that occurs almost exclusively in women; commonly known as “the mask of pregnancy,” as many women have it while pregnant. Fortunately, it clears spontaneously for many after childbirth.
- Occurs almost exclusively in women.
- Triggered by hormones during pregnancy, the use of birth control pills, or hormone replacement therapy.
- Manifests in three different patterns on the face: centrofacial, mandibular, malar.
- Triggered by hormones during pregnancy and by the use of birth control pills or hormone replacement therapy.
- Avoid sun exposure and apply broad-spectrum SPF daily. Zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are the sunscreen agents of choice, as these two ingredients screen the most UV rays.
- Glycolic or salicylic acid serums and conservative peels may be effective in cases of epidermal melasma.
- Natural melanin suppressants may be effective in cases of epidermal melasma.
- Dermal hyperpigmentation is much more difficult to treat and results are not consistent.
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