• Alternative Names

    Chloasma; Mask of pregnancy; Pregnancy mask


    Treatments may include:

    • Creams containing a combination of tretinoin, kojic acid, and azelaic acid have been shown to improve the appearance of melasma.
    • Your doctor may recommend chemical peels or topical steroid creams.
    • In severe cases, laser treatments can be used to remove the dark pigment.

    Avoiding the sun and using sunscreen are key to preventing melasma.

    Support Groups

    Expectations (prognosis)

    Melasma often fades over several months after stopping birth control pills or HRT, or after delivering a child. It may return with additional pregnancies or use of these medications.


    Calling your health care provider

    Call your health care provider if you have persistent darkening of your face.