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Melasma: What is it and how can it be managed?
It's one of the lesser-known skincare conditions, despite so many people having it
Despite its prevelance, a lot of people have never heard of skin pigmentation condition melasma.
Celebrities like Jenna Dewan and Drew Barrymore have opened up about struggling with the skin condition, so what exactly is it? We spoke to the experts to get the low down.
What is melasma, and what causes it?
It’s estimated that 90% of people who get melasma are women, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.
‘Melasma is a common disorder of facial pigmentation, which can be recognised by the appearance of blotchy dark brown or grey patches on the face,’ explains consultant dermatologist Dr Justine Kluk.
‘They tend to occur on the forehead, cheeks, upper lip and nose and are usually symmetrical. In some cases, the skin may also be a little bit red at the onset.
‘It typically appears for the first time between the ages of 20 and 40 and is more likely to affect those with darker skin types or tanned skin. In most cases, it’s thought to be triggered by pregnancy, hormonal medication like the contraceptive pill and medical conditions that cause altered hormone levels.’
When it comes to pinpointing an exact cause however, things are a bit more complicated.
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