What is menopause face?

This rather charming term ‘menopause face’ has been used to describe one of the potential side effects of menopause where some women experience more pigmentation on their face. Not everyone experiences it, and the technical term is melasma. It generally appears on the cheeks, upper lip and forehead and is usually attributed to hormonal changes (or sun exposure in some instances).

Treatment for melasma depends on how deeply it penetrates the skin, and how much it bothers you. A dermatologist may run tests just to make sure it isn’t anything else, and indeed sometimes it fades on its own. Other treatments include:


  • There are cosmetic products from a variety of brands that aim to treat melasma.
  • Hydroquinone is a prescription treatment that’s sometimes provided.
  • Tretinoin and corticosteroids are sometimes prescribed to lighten the skin.
  • Other topical treatments might include azelaic acid or kojic acid
  • Sometimes procedures are recommended, like chemical peels, microdermabrasion, dermabrasion, or laser treatments.





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