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Can estrogen creams improve skin during menopause?

Specialized  estrogen creams used during menopause have beneficial effects on facial skin.  In one study, skin elasticity and firmness improved markedly after six months   of treatment with topical estrogen creams. Additionally, wrinkle depth   decreased by 61% to 100% in all women who participated in the study.  Treatment with topical estrogen appears to increase the amount of collagen --  the substance responsible for skin thickness and elasticity -- in the  skin.

Topical estrogen creams do not raise the level of estrogen in the body when used properly.   Women who cannot tolerate oral forms of estrogen may be able to use topical   forms of the hormone without negative side effects. However, no estrogen cream has been approved by the FDA for skin health. Talk to your general physician or dermatologist. Other anti-wrinkling treatments, such as   acidic creams and gels, also may be prescribed, especially if sun damage also  is a problem.

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