Clinico-epidemiological study of facial hyper-melanoses among patients attending dermatology outpatient department at a tertiary care hospital at Pondicherry


  • Chitralekhya Rao Department of Dermatology, Aarupadai Veedu Medical College, Kirumampakkam, Pondicherry, India
  • Oudeacoumar Paqurissamy Department of Dermatology, Aarupadai Veedu Medical College, Kirumampakkam, Pondicherry, India
  • Govardhan J. Department of Dermatology, Aarupadai Veedu Medical College, Kirumampakkam, Pondicherry, India
  • Varsha Medasani Department of Dermatology, Aarupadai Veedu Medical College, Kirumampakkam, Pondicherry, India



Facial hyperpigmentation, Hypermelanoses, Melasma, Riehls melanosis, Periorbital pigmentation


Background: Hypermelanoses involving predominantly the face and the neck is relatively common and often presents a complex diagnostic problem. The present study titled “Clinico-epidemiological study of facial hyperpigmentation” was done in the study population of 500 patients of facial pigmentation, attending the skin outpatient department in AarupadaiVeedu Medical College and Hospital from October 2015 to September 2017.

Methods: Aim and objective of the study was to study various clinical patterns of facial pigmentation, their clinical characteristics, their association with other pigmentary disorders and to evaluate the different etiotogical and precipitating factors. A special proforma was prepared. Patients were thoroughly interviewed and examined to find out dermatological and systemic diseases and they were subjected to investigations to evaluate different etiological factors and diagnose the clinical type of facial pigmentation.

Results: The present study showed a strong female preponderance. Among the total study population there were 55% cases of melasma, 20% cases of Riehls melanosis, 10% cases of periorbital pigmentation and 5% of miscellaneous causes.

Conclusions: Facial pigmentation was commonly seen in the females. 21-30 years age group was the most commonly affected age group in all types of facial pigmentation. Melasma, Riehls melanosis and periorbital pigmentation were the most common clinical types of facial pigmentation observed.


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