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Skin discoloration in temple and cheek bone area amongst African-Americans and other darker complextioned people

I have always wondered what causes the darkening in facial area ranging from the temple area to the cheek bone area. It's not uncommon among African-Americans and some darker complexioned people. Does it have anything to do with high blood pressure or some other underlying  ailment. Anecdotally, I am aware of many who have had heart attacks and strokes. Has there ever been any studies in the past?
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Such discoloration is called melasma or xanthesma. Melasma is caused by hormonal changes, which stimulate a temporary increase in your body's production of melanin. People with darker complexions are more prone to this condition than people with lighter skin.

It is very difficult to precisely confirm a diagnosis without examination and investigations and the answer is based on the medical information provided. For exact diagnosis, you are requested to consult your dermatologist. I sincerely hope that helps. Take care and please do keep me posted on how you are doing.

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how can I get rid of dark spots on my cheek ?
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