Chloasma – dark patches on the face
chloasma; melasma; dark; patches; spots; face; mask; pigment; melanin; sun; exposure;
Some pregnant women get dark irregular patches on their face, most often on the upper cheek, nose, lips, and forehead. This is called chloasma. (It is sometimes called melasma or the 'mask of pregnancy'.)
To find out more about chloasma and other changes that may happen to the skin of women who are pregnant have a look at the topic 'Changes to your skin during pregnancy' on the Pregnancy, Birth and Baby website.
Pregnancy, Birth and Baby is a National Australian Government service providing support and information for expecting parents and parents of children, from birth to 5 years of age.
The information on this site should not be used as an alternative to professional care. If you have a particular problem, see your doctor or midwife.