Melasma is a patchy brown discoloration of the skin on the face. When it occurs in pregnancy, it's called chloasma. Melasma is commonly treated with hydroquinone creams. Read more: Melasma Article
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Treatment & Diagnosis
Medications & Supplements
- tretinoin, Retin-A, Retin-A Micro, Atralin, Renova, Avita
- Over-the-Counter Products
- ammonium lactate (Amlactin, Geri-Hydrolac, Lac-Hydrin, Lac-Lotion, LAC Cream, Al-12)
- azelaic acid cream - topical, Azelex
- azelaic acid (Finacea, Azelex)
- hydroquinone - topical, Eldoquin, Epiquin Micro, Lustr
- adapalene, Differin
- fluocinolone/tretinoin/hydroquinone - topical, Tri-Luma
- tazarotene (Tazorac)
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