The effect of melasma on self-esteem: A pilot study

J. Jiang, O. Akinseye, A. Tovar-Garza, A. G. Pandya

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Melasma is a common disorder of hyperpigmentation characterized by tan or brown macules and patches affecting sun-exposed areas, particularly the face. Melasma has been shown to have a significant impact on the quality of life and self-esteem of those affected. We interviewed six patients who were diagnosed with moderate-to-severe melasma with regard to the effect of their disorder on their self-esteem. All patients reported a significant negative effect on their quality of life and self-esteem. With successful therapy using a triple combination of cream and oral tranexamic acid to treat their melasma, all reported a marked improvement in self-esteem. Physicians who treat patients with melasma should be aware of its profound psychosocial effects and the improvement that successful melasma treatment can have on self-esteem.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)38-42
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Journal of Women's Dermatology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2018


  • melasma
  • pigmentation
  • qualitative
  • quality of life
  • self-esteem

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology


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