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Melasma

Craig Kraffert, MD

Melasma, or chloasma, is a skin condition in which brown patches develop primarily on the cheekbones, forehead and upper lip. Melasma is also often seen on the nose, chin, lower cheeks and lateral neck. The dark patches typically have distinct edges with pigmentation being deposited in one or more layers of the skin. Melasma may be confined to the outer layer of skin, the epidermis, or it may be present solely in the inner layer of skin, the dermis. Generally, however, it is present to a greater or lesser degree in both outer layers of skin.  Read More