Chloasma on Face Pictures - 22 Photos & Images
Melasma occurs almost exclusively in women with only 5% to 10% of melasma cases occurring in men. It can affect any race group but is more common in darker-skinned individuals with a more light brown skin. The age groups that more likely to be affected varies but it is more commonly seen in women in their reproductive years and menopause and typically in the 30s to 40s. Women who live in areas with intense sun exposure are also more likely to be affected.
Signs and Symptoms. There is a gradual development of hyperpigmentation (darkening of the skin) that arises symmetrically meaning it occurs on both sides. The dark patches are irregular in shape and more likely to occur on the cheeks, forehead, upper lip, chin and somtimes extends to the sides of the neck and shoulders. This pigmentation may present in one of three possible patterns – centrofacial (center of the face), malar (cheekbones) or mandibular (jaw). However, this does not preclude to the development of the patches on any site on the face but it is almost always symmetical (both sides).