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Suffering from acne. Took treatment and developed melasma. Using SPF 45. Is melasma caused by iron deficiency?

hi Doc. My height is 5 feet 2 inches & weight is 49kgs. i ve been suffering from acne from last 9 years. got treatment several times. Even nw i m getting treatment from my GP. due to this i ve developed melasma . I ve been using SPF 45 whenever i go out. But even then it is spreading even more. My ferritin level is also very low. i ve started getting the injections nw. I actually want to know that can melasma be caused by iron deficiency as well??
Sat, 30 Jun 2012
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HCM is your right choice.
Causes of melasma is as follows..
1. Pregnancy
2. Oral contraceptive pill (OCP)
3. Hormonal abnormality e.g.-LH, FSH, Thyriod Hormone, Estradiol, progesterone.
4. Ultraviolet ray / sunlight is a stimulating/ aggravating factor.
Iron deficiency is not listed above, so it is not a cause of melasma.
With regards,
Dr. M M Mahmud (
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