Estrogen For Skin Aging?

Aging skin loses skin elasticity because collagen fibers thin and weaken. The fatty tissue thins as well, and the skin lays more loosely over the surface and where the muscles attach the lines begin to etch and finally deepen. Many factors contribute to skin aging but skin, like many tissues of our body are hormonally sensitive and both estrogen and androgen can affect the skin. Observational studies confirm that estrogen alone (mostly on peri-menopausal and menopausal women) makes skin appear less aged, less dry, and less wrinkled. The evidence also shows that the skin dermal layers thicken and have more collagen content. Most likely the blood flow to the skin is normalized as well. Few studies have been done on women taking both estrogen and progesterone, and none on progesterone alone. Gynos feel it is the estrogen component, not the progesterone component that has the beneficial skin effects. The research is not strong enough for the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists to recommend estrogen therapy for skin health alone. Nor does the North American Menopause society. For best skin results we advise consultation regarding all the potential ways to improve your skin, the the roll low estrogen may be playing.

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