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The so-called “mask of pregnancy” is a form of hyperpigmentation associated with hormonal activity and ultraviolet light exposure. It may also occur among women who take oral contraceptives. Melasma appears as symmetrical light to dark brown patches on the face, particularly the cheeks. Epidermal melasma tends to fade well on its own; dermal melasma is more stubborn and long lasting. In either case, the pigmented skin can be reduced by sun avoidance and good skin care.

Possible Treatments


Fraxel Laser

Fraxel is a laser treatment that can improve the appearance of photodamaged skin (wrinkles and/or discoloration), as well as scarred skin by evening out skin texture and tone.


Chemical Peel

A chemical peel is a topical acid treatment that can be used to treat aging skin with fine lines, blotchiness (dyspigmentation), dullness, melasma, acne, and pigmented scarring. Physicians perform Vitalize and TCA peels.

Book a consultation with one of our board-certified dermatologists today to determine the best treatment plan for you.

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Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery