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J Am Acad Dermatol. 2011 Oct;65(4):689-697. doi: 10.1016/j.jaad.2010.12.046.

Melasma: a comprehensive update: part I.

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1
Department of Dermatology at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts.
2
Department of Dermatology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas. Electronic address: amit.pandya@utsouthwestern.edu.

Abstract

Melasma is a common disorder of hyperpigmentation affecting millions of people worldwide. While it is thought to be triggered or exacerbated by sun exposure and hormones, much remains to be understood about its pathogenesis. A thorough understanding of the etiology of melasma and the research tools available to study this condition are crucial to enhancing management and developing novel targeted therapies of this often frustrating condition.

PMID:
21920241
DOI:
10.1016/j.jaad.2010.12.046
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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