Can Hormones Make Me Look Younger?

Q&A about hormonesQuestion:  My sister started taking  hormones during menopause and she says its  keeping her young.  She says she  has more energy, better moods  and  is delighted that her hair seems  less dry and fragile. She does looks great, but I’ m afraid of risks like blood clots and breast cancer.   What would you advise?  And did I mention how great she looked?

Answer:  October was Breast Cancer Awareness Month and its the right time to answer this question. When estrogen  is given during menopause, it can have a definate  impact on the skin. Estrogen stimulates collagen production and during  menopause, estrogen naturally declines.  In fact certain types of collagen decrease as much as 50% in the few  three years  of  menopause.  Estrogen also regulates melanin production and a decline fo this  hormone increases brown spots and irregular pigmentation.

As collagen declines, the skin loses elasticity and starts to sag.  Estrogen also regulates production of oil and  hyaluronic acid.  Both substances are important to keeping the skin hydrated– an important reason why the  skin becomes so dry  over  age 50.

Given the impact of estrogen on collagen, pigmentation and dryness, its not surprising that your sister looks  so good.  But I am still not a fan of hormone replacement therapy ( HRT).  There are too  many  studies  that link estrogen therapy  with increased risk of breast and uterine cancer. And rather than protect aginst heart dsease there  seems to be an increased risk of blood clots  and strokes with  HRT.

Fortunately there are numerous safe ways to increase collagen in the skin, including retinoids ( eg Retin A-Micro) ,lasers ( eg Forever Beautiful), and radio frequency( Pelleve).   You can combine these prescription  products and  in office treatments  with  weekly home exfoliation and daily  mineral sunscreen for   safe, proven  anti-aging tools.To bottom  line it, I would not recommend HRT as a beauty treatment.


2 thoughts on “Can Hormones Make Me Look Younger?

  1. I agree, the hormones are not worth the health risks. I took them for more than 20 years and have now been off of artificial hormone replacement therapy for 3 years. I feel great and my skin glows. The pursuit of optimum health includes caring for the skin with adequate hydration, protection from the sun with clothing and sun screen, getting plenty of rest, and a maintaining an active mind and a zest for life.

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