What Causes Melasma in Children?
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What Causes Melasma in Children?

Jul 19, 2023

What Causes Melasma in Children?

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Melasma in Children

Causes of Pigmentation in Children

Treatment of Pigmentation in Children

Have you noticed brown or greyish-brown patches on your child’s face? Are you wondering what could be causing this discolouration?

Melasma is a common skin condition that causes brown patches to appear on the skin, especially on the face. Although it is more commonly found in adults, can it occur in children? While melasma is not typically seen in children, there are other potential causes of pigmentation on the face.

Understanding the causes of hyperpigmentation in children can help parents take steps to prevent and treat this condition, ensuring their child’s skin remains healthy and beautiful.

In this article, we will explore factors contributing to this condition and melasma treatment in Pune.

Melasma in Children

Melasma is a skin condition that causes brown patches on the face, particularly on the cheeks, forehead, nose, and upper lip. Melasma is more common in adults. 

While melasma is not typically seen in children, other causes, such as birthmarks or genetic disorders, can lead to pigmentation on the face. 

Causes of Pigmentation in Children

Melasma in children is not usually seen. Pigmentation on the face in children can be related to a combination of genetic, hormonal, and environmental factors. Some potential causes may include the following:

Genetics: Genetics play a significant role in determining skin pigmentation. Many types of birthmarks can start off as brownish pigmentation and this can be present on the face. Moreover skin pigmentation can also be a part of some genetic syndrome. It is important therefore to get the child evaluated by a doctor to rule out genetic disorders.

Genetics causes of Melasma

Hormonal Changes: Pigmentation can be triggered by hormonal changes, such as during puberty. In some cases, children with endocrine disorders, such as Addison’s disease, may be at an increased risk of developing pigmentation.

Sun Exposure: Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light from the sun can worsen or trigger pigmentation in some children with photosensitive disorders. Sunscreen and protective clothing can help in these situations. 

Sun exposure cause of Melasma

Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation: Sometimes, skin irritation or injury due to wound or application of any chemical etc can leave residual dark pigmentation on the skin. This can be also seen in children, and is called post inflammatory hyperpigmentation

Treatment of Pigmentation in Children

Treatment of hyperpigmentation for children depends on underlying causes. Some effective treatment options to lighten or prevent further skin darkening include avoiding sun exposure and using a physical sunscreen containing zinc oxide that is safe for children. 

Treatment of Pigmentation in Children

Additionally, it’s important to remember that melasma in children is relatively rare and may be a sign of an underlying medical condition, so a thorough evaluation by a doctor is recommended to rule out any underlying health concerns. It’s important to be consistent and patient with treatment, as it may take several weeks or months to see improvement in the appearance of pigmentation.

Wrapping Up!

Melasma can be a distressing skin condition. However, with the right treatment it can be managed effectively. While melasma is not typically seen in children, there are other potential causes of pigmentation on the face that need to be considered. With proper care and attention, children can maintain healthy and beautiful skin.

At Clear Skin Clinics Pune, our experienced dermatologists understand the unique challenges of treating  the skin. May it be adults or children, our experts can help you achieve clearer and healthier-looking skin. 

Don’t let melasma hold you back from feeling confident and happy in your own skin. Visit Clear Skin Clinics Pune today to learn more about our effective treatment options for melasma.

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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