I legit thought I was growing a mustache, to be fair I need glasses really badly. But it turns out, I don’t have a mustache it’s just skin discoloration called Melasma and a TON of women have it.
Ladies, let me tell you I was seriously stressing about it. See, I have a lot of health issues and my hormones are jacked up and I just thought, yay… now I have a mustache. Well, I was partly right… it is my hormones.
Learning that it isn’t a mustache and it’s really pretty common made me feel so much better. But I still look like I have a mustache, at least if it was a mustache I could shave it off!
Melasma is a skin condition that causes discolored patches on your skin. These patches are dark and can look like smudges on your face and even a mustache above your upper lip.
When you are pregnant you can get basically the same thing, only they call it chloasma AKA the mask of pregnancy. I do remember getting this when I was pregnant.
Who gets Melasma?
Men can get Melasma as well, although 90% of people who have it are women. This is according to a study by the American Academy of Dermatology.
Melasma tends to be mostly on the face and shows up in a symmetrical pattern. So if you have it on one side, you may have a matching spot on the other side.
I have it on my cheeks, forehead, and above my upper lip, most of that I thought was just my many freckles joining together to cover my entire face! Other places that it is common to get Melasma are the bridge of your nose and your chin.
There are spots on other parts of my body as well, but those don’t bother me as much as those spots that make me look like a boy that just hit puberty, that little upper lip shadow…
So now what?
Now I am looking at how I can make those spots lighten up. I should probably go see a dermatologist eventually… and maybe wear sunscreen.
For now, I’m going to try something called Hydroquinone which is something you can get without a prescription. I would probably benefit from learning to actually use makeup properly too!