Hi there, first time poster but I've been lurking for awhile. I am a 28 year old male suffering from Melasma. I've been struggling with hyper pigmentation for a couple years now and it recently got worse and looked exactly like melasma. Went to see someone and sure enough they said thats exactly what it looks like although its rare in males.
I got a light chemical peel and have been using a natural lightener every night. I've currently started taking MSM, Vit C, grapefruit seed extract, zinc and milk thistle twice a day for about 3 weeks. Use a high zinc/titanium sunscreen everyday. So far nothing has seemed to help.
I've been pretty depressed and anxious about this. I feel very ugly every time I look in the mirror or go out and worse it seems so few males have this problem. I've researched it a lot and am not sure if it is an internal problem, hormones or what!
I was taking propecia (for male pattern baldness) for a few years... I wondered if maybe this messed with my hormones or adrenals? I've read some info that it can affect testosterone/estrogen. I've since stopped taking this about 3 months ago when this got bad.
Anyway I feel pretty hopeless and am hoping I can figure this out. Wanted to say hi and ask if anyone had any advice, thank you in advance!