Hormonal facial moisturizers and creams becoming increasingly popular as an anti-aging skincare treatment. Hormonal creams are heralded as being more effective than traditional moisturizers at preventing wrinkles and maintaining skin elasticity. But do they really work?
Before analyzing the efficacy of hormonal moisturizers, it’s important to understand the role that hormones (particularly estrogen) play in maintaining skin elasticity and thickness. As women age, their body decreases the amount of estrogen it produces. As women become more and more estrogen deficient, their skin loses thickness and collagen, becoming drier and resulting in more wrinkles and decreased skin elasticity (Thornton, 2007). The effects of estrogen deficiency are most apparent in post-menopausal women, but decreased hormone production begins as early as age 25, which is when facial fine lines begin to form for many women. Thus, the use of topical hormones as a skincare treatment emerged to combat skin aging.
A study published in the National Center for Biotechnology Information demonstrates that yes, hormonal face creams really are effective at minimizing the effects of aging skin (Creidi et.al, 1994). This study compared the effects of women using an estrogen facial cream against the results of women using a placebo cream. Over a period of 24 weeks, researchers found a statistically significant difference in skin thickness and appearance of wrinkles in the participants who used the hormone cream (Creidi et.al, 1994). So to answer the question posed earlier, yes, hormonal face creams really do reduce signs of aging more effectively than traditional moisturizers.
If you’re concerned about the effects of aging on your skin, using a hormonal face cream is an easy and effective way to keep your skin looking healthy and vibrant.
Creidi, P., Faivre, B., Agache, P., Richard, E., Haudiquet, V., & Sauvanet, J. (1994). Effect of a conjugated oestrogen (Premarin®) cream on ageing facial skin. a Comparative study with a placebo cream. Maturitas,19(3), 211-223. doi:10.1016/0378-5122(94)90074-4
Thornton, J. (2007). Effect of estrogens on skin aging and the potential role of SERMs. Clinical Interventions in Aging,Volume 2, 283-297. doi:10.2147/cia.s798