CHLOASMA is a discolouration of the skin characterised by the formation of round or oval patches, nickel-sized or larger, having a yellowish or brownish colour.
The disease is of ineternal origin and hence external applications will not be of much use.


It occurs more in women than in men and is situated chiefly about the face and neck.
It usually appears in the form of crescent-shaped patches on the forehead and temples, also about the mouth
In women, it is frequently found associated with and dependant upon some physiological or pathological changes in the uterus.
In men, it sometimes occurs in connection with tuberculosis and prolonged malaria.


Local applications are of temporary benefit. Some useful internal medicines are --Argentumnit, Lycopodium, Caulophylum, Antimcrud and Laurocerasus petroleum.