"What delights us in visible beauty is the invisible"
-Maria von Ebner-Eschenbach
Melasma is a common skin condition in which brown or gray-brown patches develop on the face. Melasma commonly forms on the forehead, bridge of the nose, cheeks, lips and chin and other areas of the body that get a lot of sunlight. Women are more likely to develop this condition than men, and it is sometimes called the “mask of pregnancy” because it commonly occurs at that time.
The cause of melasma isn’t clear, but it occurs when melanocytes (the color-making cells in the skin) produce too much color. This condition is triggered by:
Changes in hormones (caused by pregnancy, birth control pills or hormone replacement medicine)
Sun exposure, as UV rays stimulate melanocytes