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Dark freckles = melasma?

Within the last 2 years, the freckles on my face turn considerably darker with even a small amount of sun exposure. The areas that get the darkest are on the sides of my face from my hairline to my jawline. I wear SPF 15 sunscreen on my face every day. Is this melasma? Should I try to treat it with OTC products? Should I be worried about these dark spots otherwise?

Thank you!
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Hello,
Yes you should get evaluated for melasma for these dark spots. 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.

Treatment options include treatment with vitamin C and hydrocortisone, peel with carbon dioxide snow and alexandrite and ND-Yag Q-Switched laser treatment preceded by a hydroquinone-based application. Please discuss these options with your dermatologist.

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 doctor. I sincerely hope that helps. Take care and please do keep me posted on how you are doing.


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Thanks for your answer, Dr. Kaur. I appreciate the information. I will speak with my dermatologist.
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