Is there a connection between Melasma and acne?

A. Is Melasma somehow related to acne or excess hair? I.e. are Melasma sufferers often dealing with other skin problems? Can acne treatments, hair removals or other irritation cause Melasma? B. Is there a connection between Melasma and Candida? C. Why do so many Melasma sufferers who have tried laser treatments claim it has made their condition worse?

Doctor Answers 2

Melasma and acne

No relation to melasma and acne, however if acne 'scars' in certain spots- called PIH or Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation, it can look like melasma. See video below- first 2-3 minutes explains brown spots caused by acne. Treatment is somewhat similar (not exact) as with Melasma treatment, namely the use of bleaching creams called HQ and a laser call Picosure. 
All the best, Dr Davin LimLaser and aesthetic dermatologist,Brisbane, Australia. 


Brisbane Dermatologist
4.7 out of 5 stars 62 reviews

Melasma and acne

Thank you for your question. Melasma is not related to acne or excess hair. Acne treatments, hair removal, and other irritations cannot cause melasma. Melasma is a chronic skin disorder that results in symmetrical, blotchy, brownish facial pigmentation. 

Edward E. Dickerson, IV, MD
Fayetteville Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 107 reviews

These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.