Melasma hormonal pigmentation is a significant problem for many women. It is a long-term skin condition that materialises on the face in brown patches and is a condition that usually needs long-term management.
UVA rays are catalysts for brown pigmentation to develop on the skin and can even permeate through the window of a car.
High levels of estrogen is believed to be a trigger as it changes the hormonal status and this can include pregnancy, birth control, etc. Irrupting the use of contraceptives hardly clears up pigmentation, and it can even last for years after discontinuing contraceptives.
In pregnant women, Melasma usually, diminishes within a few months after delivery, but it can also go on indefinitely. Activities that include intense heat such as hot showers and baths can trigger melanin as well.
Melasma is common in people with darker skin though people of any skin color can be affected by this condition especially if you live in an area with extreme sun exposure. It’s also more common for women to suffer from Melasma than men.