What causes melasma?

Melasma occurs when the melanocytes (pigment-producing cells) in your skin produce too much melanin, the pigment responsible for skin colour. Several factors are believed to contribute to the development of melasma, including:

Hormonal changes: Pregnancy and the use of hormonal drugs, like birth control and hormone replacement therapy, can trigger melasma.

Medical conditions: Some medical conditions that affect hormone balance, such as thyroid problems, may contribute to melasma. However, these are considered rare.

Medications: Certain medications, including anti-epileptic drugs, have been associated with melasma development as a side effect.

UV exposure: The exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun and artificial sources, such as sunbeds, can trigger melasma. UV rays stimulate melanocytes, leading to increased melanin production.

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