Melasma is a common skin problem that appears as brownish /greyish / blackish patches over face. Women are more affected than men, and melasma usually appears after pregnancy , and is triggered by sun exposure or hormonal problems.

Melasma usually appears on the cheeks, bridge of their nose, forehead, chin, and above their upper lip. It also can appear on other parts of the body that get lots of sun, such as the forearms and neck.

One of the most common treatments for melasma is sun protection. This means wearing sunscreen every day and reapplying the sunscreen every 2 hours. Dermatologists also recommend wearing a wide-brimmed hat when you are outside. Sunscreen alone may not give you the protection you need.

Treatment of melasma is usually a long & difficult process that involves usage of a sun screen with whitening creams. Usually these are combined with chemical peels or laser peels. New treatment protocols with QS or Pico second lasers are being developed.