How is Melasma Diagnosed?

How does a dermatologist diagnose melasma? Is a biopsy required?

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Melasma usually diagnosed clinically

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Melasma can usually be diagnosed by its visual appearance and history. Rarely, a biopsy may need to be performed to confirm. Sometimes, a 'black light" will be used to help determine the extent of involvement and depth of pigment in the skin.


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