July 30, 2009

Estrogen does not appear to help skin

The jury is still out as to whether estrogens can be effective for aging skin, a U.S. dermatologist says.

Dr. Margaret E. Parsons of the University of California at Davis in Sacramento reviewed studies that showed mixed results when examining whether estrogen improves the appearance of skin.

There were reports of some women on hormone replacement therapy -- given to women during menopause to boost the body's estrogen levels -- noticing an improvement in their skin.

The results of multiple studies examining the relationship between estrogens and skin improvement were inconclusive, Parsons says.

In 2002, long-term hormone replacement therapy ended as a treatment because of an increased risk for breast cancer.

The findings are being presented at the American Academy of Dermatology's summer academy meeting in Boston.