Melasma / Pregnancy Mask

Have shadow-like patches of pigmentation suddenly appeared on your skin? You may be experiencing a skin disorder commonly known as pregnancy mask or melasma.


Visible Effects

Melasma manifests as faint to dark brown patches of pigment that may appear on the upper lip, along the cheek bones, forehead and chin. Initially, melasma may resemble large freckling . It is affected by hormonal fluctuations and sun exposure.

Underlying Causes

Melasma is commonly triggered by a combination of estrogen and uv exposure. Pregnancy, birth control medications, hormone replacement therapy, photosensitizing medications and a family history of melasma. Most commonly, melasma is experienced by women.


Melasma is a lifelong condition. Treatment helps to manage and reduce visible symptoms of skin darkening. Sun avoidance, diligent use of sunscreen with an SPF > 30 throughout the year and applying medical grade skincare with ingredients focused on inhibiting melanin production , such as Sequin, are essential to managing melasma. Melasma must be treated with gentle, expert care and requires an approach which differs from photoaging related pigmentation. Cutis provides specialized procedures such as fractional laser resurfacing with the Fraxel® re:store DUAL to address this melasma safely and effectively. Other options include a series of chemical peels or Clear and Brilliant laser. To learn about your best treatment options, schedule a professional melasma consultation or treatment today.

DISCLAIMER: Individual outcomes, results and number of treatments recommended may vary based on individual patient needs, medical history, and circumstances. Cutis Cosmetic & Laser Centre cannot guarantee exact or permanent results or cures.