SKIN VITALITY PROFILE
Our largest endocrine organ, the skin is teeming with hormone
receptor sites. Hormone imbalances can trigger skin problems
from head to toe. Quickly and precisely identify imbalances and
fine-tune interventions for your best possible skin.
Hormones and Skin
Hormones are intrinsically involved with all processes affecting the maintenance of skin health, such as collagen content, skin lipid levels, elasticity, wound healing, moisture content, and facial hair patterns. Not only is skin a major target of hormone action, it is also a site of local hormone synthesis, as well as hormone activation and metabolism1. A major cause of skin thinning, wrinkling, and dryness is a deficiency in hormones such as estrogen and progesterone in women, and testosterone in men, while an excess of androgens can result in oiliness, acne, and either hirsutism or hair loss, and excess estrogen can cause a dark discoloration known as melasma.
Thyroid dysfunction also has a big impact on skin health, resulting in conditions ranging from itching to myxedema. Whatever the hormonal imbalance, increasing numbers of patients are seeking help from dermatologists and estheticians for their skin problems. Hormone testing is a first step towards getting at the root of the problem instead of just treating symptoms.
Tests included in the Profile:
- Estradiol (E2)
- Estriol (E3)
- Progesterone (Pg)
- Testosterone (T)
- DHEA-S (DS)
- Diurnal Cortisol (Cx4)
- Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH)
- Vitamin D (D2, D3)
The range of hormones tested in the profile can help health care providers identify where patients might have hormone deficiencies or excesses that are contributing to their skin problems. This can lead to treatment of previously undiagnosed conditions such as a thyroid disorder or PCOS, or adjustment or initiation of hormone replacement therapy when hormone levels are either too high or too low.