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Is Melasma Cancerous?

Jul 20, 2023

Is Melasma Cancerous?

Have you noticed brown patches on your skin that seem to have appeared out of nowhere? Have they become more prominent during summer, even with minimal sun exposure?

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If you answered yes, then you may be experiencing a skin condition known as melasma. But is melasma cancerous? This question may be causing concern for those who have melasma.

Jumping right at it – No, melasma is not cancerous, and does not pose a risk of turning into cancer either. 

Melasma is a common skin condition characterised by dark coloured patches on the face, particularly on the cheeks, forehead, upper lip, and nose. It is not a form of skin cancer and is not considered cancerous.

Melasma is caused by an overproduction of melanin, the pigment that gives colour to our skin. The exact cause of melasma is not fully understood, but it is believed to be related to hormonal changes, particularly during pregnancy or with taking birth control pills. Sun exposure is also a contributing factor, as UV rays can trigger excess melanin production in the skin.

While melasma is not cancerous, it can be a cosmetic concern for some individuals, particularly if the patches are widespread or particularly noticeable. However, certain skin cancers might look like melasma, so consulting with a dermatologist is often advised to confirm the right diagnosis.


Various treatment options are available to help reduce the appearance of melasma, including topical creams, chemical peels, and laser treatments. It is also important to practice sun protection measures such as wearing sunscreen and avoiding prolonged sun exposure to prevent further darkening of the patches. It’s always best to consult a dermatologist for personalised advice on melasma treatment in Pune.

Still worried is melasma cancerous, consult us at Clear Skin Clinics, Pune. Clear Skin Clinics in Pune is here to help you achieve clear, healthy-looking skin. With our advanced treatments and expert team, you can rest assured that your melasma is in good hands. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and take the first step towards clearer, brighter skin.

For treating your skin condition, feel free to get in touch with one of our best dermatologists in Pune. You can also call on +919584584111 to book an appointment at one of our skin clinics near you.


Dr Dhanraj Chavan

About the Author: Dr Dhanraj Chavan

Dr. Dhanraj Chavan is a globally trained, young, and dynamic dermatologist. He is a Consultant Dermatologist and Varicose Vein Specialist at Clear Skin, VeinMD, and HairMD.

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