Melasma makeover

What's new, and old, in the treatment of melasma?

Treatment with an old medication is an option for patients adversely impacted by this skin condition.


Melasma, also known as chloasma, is a common dermatological condition in which darker macules and papules develop over the sun-exposed areas of the face or neck. It is usually seen in people with darker skin — those who would normally say that they tan easily.

It is particularly common in those with an East-Asian, Mediterranean, Indian, Middle Eastern or Hispanic background, and in countries where exposure to UV radiation (UVR) is high.1