Melasma | Overview

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What is melasma?

Melasma is a common skin condition in which brown patches appear on the skin. Melasma often affects the skin on the face. The patches tend to appear on the cheeks, forehead, nose or upper lip. Melasma can also develop on the forearms and neck.

Is melasma a serious condition?

No, but it can severely affect your appearance and the way you feel about it.

Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 04/14
Created: 11/09

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