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Harmony Laser Center


Melasma is a tan to brown discoloration of a woman's face that can be associated with pregnancy or with the use of oral contraceptives. It typically appears on the upper cheeks, upper lip, forehead and chin of women 20-50 years of age who have a history of daily or intermittent sun exposure. Those with olive or darker skin have higher incidences of melasma.

Additional Names for Melasma

  • Mask of Pregnancy
  • Chloasma Faciei

Suggested Treatments


Melasma can be caused by pregnancy, oral contraceptives or hormone replacement therapy. Other causes can include family history, race and some medications used in combination with sun exposure. The main cause is believed to be uncontrolled sun exposure and in people that have melasma, sun, heat and stress can trigger darkening and spreading of the condition.

Commonly Asked Questions

  • I have gone to someone to treat the brown spots on my face and they used a laser in the past. After reading through your description of melasma, I believe that is what I have on my face. Can you also treat melasma with lasers?
  • It is not recommended to treat melasma with a laser. In fact a laser treatment of melasma can make the condition much worse. Schedule a complimentary consultation to learn how the Melanage Peel is a superior treatment for your condition.