Whilst some may say that oestrogen used for anti-aging is somewhat controversial, no one seems to worry about the unregulated beauty industry that allows the use of Botox fillers and other possibly dangerous chemicals without scrutiny.
During menopause, women find that their internal oestrogen production declines rapidly. This oestrogen deficiency intensifies the effects of skin aging. According to the findings of a scientific study published in 2007, oestrogens have a profound influence on skin. Effectively oestrogen can increase skin density and improve its moisture content.1
Another study concluded the same – stating that the aging of skin can be greatly delayed by the administration of oestrogen and that the decrease in skin collagen was an oestrogen related phenomenon.2
We know that oestrogen is good for hot flushes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, vaginal wall thinning, increasing sexual response, improving dry skin, relieving crawling or itching sensations under the skin, decreasing mental fuzziness, urinary frequency and osteoporosis but it may be beneficial for much more even after menopause. Oestrogen and glycolic acid applied topically reduce fine lines and improve the appearance and texture of the skin.3,4
As always it is recommended that you do your own research and look at the many papers and studies undertaken on the advantages of oestrogen supplementation in reducing the effects of aging especially in relation to the skin. It is controversial, but is worth forming your own opinion as to its benefits and what you might choose do about it. If you would like to discuss this in more depth talk to your patient care consultant and they can arrange a review for you.
1 Verdier-Sévrain S. Effect of estrogens on skin aging and the potential role of selective estrogen receptor modulators. Climacteric. 2007 Aug;10(4):289-97.
2 Affinito P, Palomba S, Sorrentino C, et al. Effects of postmenopausal hypoestrogenism on skin collagen. Maturitas.
3 Schmidt JB et al, Treatment of Skin Aging with Topical Estrogens, International Journal of Pharmaceutical Compounding, Vol.2 No.4 July/August 1998, pg 270-275
4 Fuchs K, Solis O, Tapawan R, Paranjpe J, 2003, The Effects of an Estrogen and Glycolic Acid Cream on the Facial Skin of Postmenopausal Women: A randomized Histologic Study, CUTIS, June Vol. 71 pg 481-488