- A harmless pigmentary disorder, seen primarily on the malar region of women with darker skin.
- Aetiological factors include hormonal and UV light exposure.
- Treatment consists primarily of the use of topical retinoids and bleaching agents.
- Physical treatment modalities include chemical peels and laser or light therapy.
- Sun protection is important during the treatment phase of melasma and in maintaining the effects of these treatments.
Last updated: Jun 29, 2012