Melasma (also known as chloasma) is a tan or dark
facial skin discoloration. Although it can affect anyone, melasma (chloasma) is particularly common in pregnant women and those who are taking oral contraceptives
or hormone replacement therapy (HRT) medications.
The symptoms of melasma (chloasma) are dark, irregular patches commonly found
on the upper cheek, nose, lips, upper lip, and forehead. Melasma (chloasma)
is thought to be the stimulation of melanocytes or pigment-producing cells by
the female sex hormones estrogen and progesterone to produce more melanin pigments
when the skin is exposed to sun.
Melasma (chloasma) is completely preventable by daily use of a broad
spectrum facial sunblock such as Belli Pregnancy’s Anti-Chloasma Facial Sunscreen