Pigment International

: 2014  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 70--80

Recent advances in melasma

Manas Chatterjee1, Biju Vasudevan2 
1 Department of Dermatology, Command Hospital, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
2 Department of Dermatology, INHS Asvini, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Correspondence Address:
Manas Chatterjee
Department of Dermatology, Command Hospital, Kolkata, West Bengal

Melasma is one of the most common pigmentary disorders worldwide with a still unresolved pathogenesis and treatment continues to be challenging. Increased sun exposure and genetic factors are considered the two most important etiological factors. Estrogens, progesterones and increased melanocyte stimulating hormone are also involved. Melasma treatment can be very frustrating as many modalities can turn out to be ineffective. Dermal and mixed variants are quite resistant to therapy. Most patients seek medical help much after the onset of the condition, making treatment even more difficult. Sunscreens and topical depigmenting agents remain mainstay of therapy. Chemical peels and light sources are beneficial as adjuncts. There have been numerous advances in the understanding and management of melasma. This review attempts to look at these newer vistas in melasma. Literature search for the review was done from PubMed, the Cochrane Library, MEDLINE and Embase using the key word źDQ╗melisma,źDQ╗ źDQ╗melasma pathogenesisźDQ╗ and źDQ╗melasma treatment.źDQ╗

How to cite this article:
Chatterjee M, Vasudevan B. Recent advances in melasma.Pigment Int 2014;1:70-80

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Chatterjee M, Vasudevan B. Recent advances in melasma. Pigment Int [serial online] 2014 [cited 2023 Mar 30 ];1:70-80
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