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Often referred to as “melisma,” hyper-pigmentation is a common skin deficiency that causes brown to grey-brown patches on the face – typically the cheeks, bridge of the nose, forehead, chin and upper lip. It can also appear on other sun-exposed areas of the body.

Women are far more likely than men to get hyper-pigmentation, and its onset is often triggered by the production of certain hormones. Hyper-pigmentation it is so common during pregnancy, in fact, that it has been labelled the “mask of pregnancy.”

Although hyper-pigmentation represents one of the most common skin conditions, it is surprisingly difficult to treat. Doctors generally recommend sun protection combined with topical treatments.