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Where is melasma seen on the body?
Melasma is characterized by discoloration or hyperpigmentation primarily on
the face. Three types of common facial patterns have been identified in melasma,
including centrofacial (center of the face), malar (cheekbones), and mandibular
The centrofacial pattern is the most prevalent form of melasma and includes
the forehead, cheeks, upper lip, nose, and chin. The malar pattern includes the
upper cheeks. The mandibular pattern is specific to the jaw.
The upper sides of the neck may less commonly be involved in melasma. Rarely,
melasma may occur on other body parts like the forearms. One study confirmed the
occurrence of melasma on the forearms of people being given progesterone. This
was a unique pattern seen in a Native American study.