Estrogen and Skin Collagen
Estrogen’s effects on skin collagen are well known. After menopause, skin gets thin and wrinkled. According to medical studies, some 30% of skin collagen is lost in the first 5 years after menopause, with an average decline of 2.1% per year after that. That’s why your skin suddenly gets so “old” when you go through the change! In a study by Brincat et al., skin collagen and elasticity was shown to increase among patients treated with estrogen replacement therapy, (HRT). It also showed that women on HRT had a skin collagen content that was 48% higher than that of women who were not on HRT! That is why women on estrogen therapy tend to have younger looking skin. Of course there are other benefits to HRT including bone density and heart protection.
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Ref: Brincat M, Yuen AW, Studd JW, et al: Response of skin thickness and metacarpal index to estradiol therapy in postmenopausal women. Obstet Gynecol 70(4):538, 1987