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Melasma: a clinical and epidemiological review*

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Title
Melasma: a clinical and epidemiological review*
Published in
Anais Brasileiros de Dermatologia, January 2014
DOI 10.1590/abd1806-4841.20143063
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Ana Carolina Handel, Luciane Donida Bartoli Miot, Hélio Amante Miot

Abstract

Melasma is a chronic acquired hypermelanosis of the skin, characterized by irregular brown macules symmetrically distributed on sun-exposed areas of the body, particularly on the face. It is a common cause of demand for dermatological care that affects mainly women (especially during the menacme), and more pigmented phenotypes (Fitzpatrick skin types III-V). Due to its frequent facial involvement, the disease has an impact on the quality of life of patients. Its pathogeny is not yet completely understood, although there are some known triggering factors such as sun exposure, pregnancy, sexual hormones, inflammatory processes of the skin, use of cosmetics, steroids, and photosensitizing drugs. There is also a clear genetic predisposition, since over 40% of patients reported having relatives affected with the disease. In this manuscript, the authors discuss the main clinical and epidemiological aspects of melasma.

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Country Count As %
Indonesia 1 <1%
Unknown 536 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 84 16%
Student > Master 55 10%
Student > Postgraduate 48 9%
Other 23 4%
Student > Doctoral Student 23 4%
Other 64 12%
Unknown 240 45%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 167 31%
Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutical Science 27 5%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 25 5%
Nursing and Health Professions 16 3%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 14 3%
Other 40 7%
Unknown 248 46%