Q: I've had melasma for the past couple years. I'm desperately trying to get rid of it. I have a feeling it has something to do with a hormone imbalance or copper overload. Do you recommend the Hormone Center for my condition?

A: Melasma can be caused by several different factors including sex hormones, stress, adrenal gland dysfunction or genetics. At The Hormone Center we can perform in-depth testing of your sex hormones and adrenal glands and determine if that is the cause of your condition. We can also test for heavy metal toxicity to determine if it is stemming from an overload of copper. Copper excess can stem from adrenal dysfunction, and would be treated by increasing doses of zinc. We would set up a treatment plan to treat any hormone imbalance, nutritional deficiencies, as well as work with you on improving gut health and diet. When appropriate, we use bioidentical hormones to treat hormonal imbalances and pharmaceutical grade supplements to help with deficiencies or improve function of specific systems.

The melasma that is already there can be very difficult to treat, sometimes laser therapy helps. Balancing hormone levels will keep the melasma in check and not allow it to progress.