from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A dark discoloration of the skin, usually local.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An abnormal access of color of the skin, local or general, usually dependent upon constitutional disorder; local pigmentary stains of the skin. The morbid process is called melanopathia. Addison's disease is known as suprarenal melasma.
- n. [capitalized] In zoö.: A genus of melanian mollusks.
- n. A genus of tenebrionine beetles, based on M. lineatum of the Canaries.
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- n. a tan discoloration of a woman's face that is associated with pregnancy or with the use of oral contraceptives
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Because I am on a treatment of Retin A for a skin condition called Melasma, the Retin A leaves my face a little dry and flaky, and using the Aveda Smoothing Body Polish on my face once or twice a day helps remove all traces of dead skin, and leaves my face smooth and soft as claimed.
At the Dr. 's office, he was not a bit concerned, and said that I have a condition called Melasma (the so called "Mask Of Pregnancy").
Melasma is a tan, symmetrical, and very stubborn patch of hyperpigmentation, usually found on the cheekbones, forehead, and upper lip.
Melasma has been designated as an accidental and temporary blackish discoloration of the skin.
Melasma (or chloasma) is characterized by tan or brown patches on the cheeks, nose, forehead, and chin.
Melasma may go away after pregnancy but, if it persists, can be treated with prescription creams and over-the-counter products.
April 4, 2009 at 5: 20 p.m. -- "Fractional Photothermolysis for the Treatment of Melasma: A Report of Eight Cases with Long-Term Follow-up," by Tracy Katz, M.D.,
Research shows Melasma negatively affects quality of life for Hispanic women, often worsens, most troubling in fall months Literanista
Melasma is not something you can use a bit of cream to hide or whiten it.
In just a couple weeks I am already starting to see results, the Melasma spots are starting to fade away.