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Downtown Dermatology Informs Columbus Community About Melasma
Date:9/3/2013

Columbus, OH (PRWEB) September 03, 2013

Melasma is a common skin condition that is characterized by patchy brown or gray-brownish discoloration on the face or other areas of the body that are exposed to a lot of sun. When color-making cells in the skin called, melanocytes, become over-stimulated, they can generate an excessive amount of pigmentation, which results in areas of discoloration. The condition occurs most often in women between the ages of 20 and 50 of Latin/Hispanic, North African, African-American, Asian, Indian, Middle Eastern, and Mediterranean descent, or those with olive or darker skin tones because these darker tones contain more melanocytes.

Symptoms
The only symptom of melasma is skin discoloration, however, individuals with this skin condition can often experience stress or anxiety as a result of the change in their physical appearance.

Discoloration most commonly appears on the:

  •      Cheeks
  •     Bridge of nose
  •     Forehead
  •     Chin
  •     Upper Lip
  •     Forearms
  •     Neck

Nearly 50 million women worldwide have experienced melasma, which accounts for about 90 percent of all cases. Melasma is also more prevalent in pregnant women and has even earned itself a pseudo name, “the mask of pregnancy.” While not nearly as common, men can develop this skin condition as well.

Cause
The exact cause of melasma is not entirely clear. One of the

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