• Estrogen & Youthful Skin

    by Dr. Susan Sklar
    on Jul 10th, 2014

One of the keys to looking younger is keeping your skin younger.  The skin, our largest organ tells all.  Smoker? Your skin shows it.  Eat an unhealthy diet?  Your skin shows it.  Menopausal?  Your skin may show it.  Studies have documented many types of skin change due to low estrogen.  The skin becomes thinned.  The blood supply that keeps oxygen flowing starts to dry up.  Elasticity is lost as collagen diminishes.  Skin becomes drier and wrinkles deepen.  There is even a variation in skin thickness during the menstrual cycle, with skin thickness lowest at the part of the cycle when estrogen and progesterone levels are lowest and then increasing with the rising levels of estrogen. 

Menopausal hormone replacement therapy (HRT) with estrogen has been shown to increase epidermal moisture, skin elasticity, skin thickness and also reduces wrinkles. With estrogen use, there is increased collagen and increased blood flow with health giving oxygen flowing to the skin. Numerous studies have shown less skin aging in women who use estrogen therapy in menopause.  Want to look and feel younger?

Author Dr. Susan Sklar

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