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You may already be aware of the role that your hormones play both in the way you look and feel. Many studies have shown that estrogen, an important hormone produced by the ovaries, contributes to thicker, healthier skin. Research however, has also shown that taking estrogen orally may have negative health impacts, including an increased risk for heart disease and breast cancer.

Is Topical Progesterone A Viable Alternative?

In addition to estrogen, a woman’s ovaries also produce progesterone. Often referred to as the pregnancy hormone (because it helps to sustain a healthy pregnancy), progesterone helps to balance estrogen's effects in women.

Though research is sparse, there is some evidence to show that progesterone has similar effects on the skin as estrogen. That is, it may play a role in thickening the skin and helping it look healthy. A double-blind study published in The British Journal of Dermatology in 2005 showed a strong correlation between progesterone and a reduction in wrinkles. What’s more, the 4-month study failed to uncover any side effects that resulted from the topical progesterone treatment.

While topical estrogen has been linked to several negative health impacts, such risks haven’t yet been discovered in relation to progesterone. And, a number of health practitioners maintain that it is a decline in progesterone and not estrogen that is the cause of many perimenopausal symptoms. These practitioners prescribe topical progesterone to help manage these symptoms.

The number of studies and tests that have been conducted documenting progesterone's benefits on skin so far is small. Further, the FDA has not yet formally regulated the use of progesterone in cosmetics. Though there seems to be a lack of negative health impacts, this doesn't mean that none exist.

Using Progesterone For Healthy Skin

If you choose to use a topical progesterone, speak to a qualified health practitioner first. Progesterone has been shown to help reduce perimenopausal symptoms and you may benefit from its use. If the side effect is greater looking skin, then that's an added bonus. However, while the use of topical progesterone seems safe and effective, it’s still possible that further research will yield evidence to the contrary.  Young and vibrant-looking skin is worth pursuing. But, not at the cost of your overall health.

Sharmani Pillay is a Registered Pharmacist who specializes in anti aging skin care. She owns and operates an online skin care store at [Link Removed] 


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