Rosacea, Melasma, and Acne Have More in Common Than You Think

Rosacea, Melasma, and Acne a lot in Common | RefinedMD, Los Gatos

Rosacea, Melasma, and Acne Have More in Common Than You Think

Rosacea, melasma, and acne are three different skin conditions that you might not think have much in common at first blush—but look closer. There are over 3,000 unique types of skin conditions, and RefinedMD treats them all, but you might find that the treatment approaches are similar for some of the most common conditions like these three. One thing that rosacea, melasma, and acne have in common is that they are all chronic skin conditions, but they CAN be managed. There is no real “cure” for these conditions, and while it’s true that sometimes they just go away on their own (especially acne), the reality is that if you have one of these conditions, you’ll probably be challenged with it to some degree throughout your life. We can help you fight back.

There is also a likely genetic component to these three conditions, and they can also be exacerbated with various lifestyle factors as well as hormone fluctuations. The latter is why teens struggle with acne so often and why pregnant people are the most common group to have the “mask of pregnancy,” or melasma. Let’s take a closer look at each of these conditions and the factors informing them.

All About Acne

Many people are genetically predisposed to acne (or not). A so-called normal pore will shed a single layer of skin each day, but those with acne might shed up to five per day. This is dubbed “Retention Hyperkeratosis,” which is also why some foods are considered aggravating to acne. There are foods with high androgen like dairy, peanuts, and whey protein that can aid in congesting the pores in those who are prone to acne. Iodine is another factor to consider, which can also be found in dairy and whey and salty foods and a lot of supplements.

Iodines are then excreted via the pores, which can aggravate inflammation for those who are challenged by acne. In other words, yes, diet can play a role in controlling your acne, but that’s just one factor. There’s only so much you can do to better your lifestyle to manage your skin, and many people with acne will benefit from dermatological intervention, including prescription medications—and treatments to lighten the hyperpigmentation left from acne scars.

Everything is Coming Up Rosacea

People with rosacea have unique triggers, but there are some common ones to think about (especially if you can control them). Sun exposure, hot weather, cold weather, and wind are all environmental factors that commonly aggravate rosacea. Spicy foods, hot beverages, and alcohol are common food triggers. There’s also exercise, increased stress, and skin care products that irritate—these can all cause flareups as well. Your dermatologist can recommend medical-grade products (including sunscreens) that are designed to aggravate rosacea and other skin conditions minimally.


Finally, there’s melasma, the most stubborn of hyperpigmentation. This skin condition can be virtually any color, including gray, and is often found in the T-Zone of the face. Pregnancy and birth control pills are two of the most common triggers for melasma, but sun exposure and excess heat overall are also factors. Diligent SPF usage is a must for melasma sufferers, and certain laser and energy treatments that heat up the skin can make it worse. Don’t worry, though, because there are plenty of melasma treatments that work to reduce the signs instead of making it worse. You need to be certain you exclusively work with a reputable clinic.

Treating These Conditions

Reducing flareups and visibility of acne, rosacea, and melasma is possible, and it all starts with a proper diagnosis. RefinedMD offers both dermatological and cosmetic services, so you get a double whammy of expertise. Some of the most common treatments for all of these conditions include chemical peels, energy-based treatments, and sometimes topical medications. Bear in mind that these are all valid medical dermatological conditions, which means you deserve to have a clinic that focuses equally on medical and esthetic procedures.

At RefinedMD, dermatologist Dr. Lindsey Yeh and the esthetics team are highly skilled, experienced, and committed to providing you with a comprehensive treatment plan to suit your needs. Complimentary consultations are available for cosmetic procedures, including peels and energy/laser treatments. Schedule yours today by connecting with RefinedMD by completing the online form or start a chat during office hours.