Question: 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 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 … Continue Reading… →