Melasma is blotchy pigmentation triggered by hormones and darkened by exposure to the sun. It is usually found in darker skin types. If you have Melasma, you will experience light brown, dark brown and/or blue-gray patches on your skin or freckle-like spots. Some of the most commonly affected areas include your face, including the cheeks, upper lip and forehead, as well as the forearms. Melasma is also called the ‘Mask of Pregnancy’ as it generally affects pregnant women. It can be triggered by pregnancy or contraceptive pills. Melasma is primarily treated with prescription strength skin care or speciality peels.