Melasma could be a common disease of the skin. In this condition it may cause dark, discolored patches on your skin. It is known as chloasma also, and when it occurs during pregnancy it is called the ‘mask of pregnancy’ also. It is a common disease that you can find in both males and females, but it may occur more likely in women as compared to men.
Melasma is often caused by hormonal changes during pregnancy or from sun exposure. Women are way more likely than men to develop this condition. The brown or grey-brown patches of melasma appear most frequently on the cheeks, forehead, nose, and chin.
In women, after pregnancy or after an affected woman stops taking contraceptive pills, it is more likely to fade away by itself. Skin lightening creams can help with lasting melasma. The brow does its work, patches of melasma appear most frequently on the cheeks, forehead, nose, and chin.