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|Common Site for Melasma|
|Melasma usually appear on the face.|
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- Family history of melasma
- Being a woman of reproductive age
- Having a darker skin tone
- Getting too much sun exposure
- Taking birth control pills
- Using products that irritate the skin, such as cosmetics
- Taking certain medicines, such as antiseizure medicines, or hormone therapy
- Melasma associated with pregnancy may slowly fade after giving birth
- Melasma associated with birth control pills or hormone replacement therapy may fade after the medication is stopped
Ultraviolet Light Protection
- Chemical peel
- Microdermabrasion—removing top layer of skin
- Laser therapy
- Limit the amount of time you spend in the sun. Avoid using tanning booths.
- Use sunscreen daily. Wear sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB rays and has an SPF of 30 or more.
The American Academy of Dermatology http://www.aad.org
American Academy of Family Physicians Family Doctor http://familydoctor.org
Canadian Dermatology Association http://www.dermatology.ca
Public Health Agency of Canada http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca
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- Reviewer: Brian Randall, MD
- Review Date: 06/2013
- Update Date: 06/20/2013