Alternate Names : Chloasma, Mask of Pregnancy
Melasma is an area of tan or brown coloring that usually appears
on the face.
What is going on in the body?
A woman with skin that pigments easily may develop melasma if she is pregnant or taking oral contraceptives
and then goes out in the sun. The pigmented area often appears like a mask across the cheeks and forehead or on the upper lip.
What are the causes and risks of the condition?
Melasma often occurs in women who are pregnant. For this reason, this condition is sometimes called the mask of pregnancy. It may also appear in women
who take oral contraceptives.