As I’m sure your know October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. And given this current focus, I think its the right time to raise concerns about a popular underground beauty treatment that going around on the internet.
Reading other beauty and lifestyle blogs, I’ve come across posts recommending the use of estrogen based vaginal creams to deal with facial aging. Its actually not a new idea. Decades ago, research showed that estrogen creams encouraged the growth of collagen, relieved dryness and lessened lines and wrinkles. For a while estrogen creams were even available without prescription on drug and department store shelves.
Then the research took a troubling turn when estrogens were linked to increased risk of breast cancer– and the hormones were quicky removed from beauty aids for more than 25 years. Today estrogen creams are making an unwise comeback as some women are using vaginal estrogen creams as wrinkle fighters. In healthcare, this is known as “off label use” a term often used in malpractice suits.
While estrogen creams may smooth and tighten the skin, the concerns of breast cancer should put it in the never use category. The current wisdom about the estrogen /breast cancer link even includes concerns about weak estrogen like substances including paraben preservatives and soy– much less a cream that includes actual estrogen.
There are many so much safer age fighters including Retin A , Tri-luma, alpha hydroxy acids, IPL and lasers that estrogen creams should not be even a blip on your beauty radar.