Common skin disorders

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Progesterone and common skin disorders are linked through the action of estrogen on collagen. Hormone imbalances induced by environmental toxins, especially the 'xeno-estrogens', are thought by some authorities to be a major contributor to many skin disorders.

Included among these disorders are the following...

  • acne
  • facial pigment
  • erythema
  • herpes simplex
  • urticaria
  • psoriasis
  • neurodermititis
  • rosacea
  • seborrhea
  • keratoses
  • dryness
  • early aging
  • excessive bruising
  • The preceding list of problems can occur due to a lack of progesterone. Progesterone receptors have been found in the skin, which explains why the skin responds to daily applications. It also explains why some of the symptoms become worse in women during the premenstruum.

    Progesterone's role in the health of the body's connective tissue or collagen is well understood. As progesterone strengthens collagen and increases the turnover of cells, the skin becomes softer and stronger. 70% of the skin is collagen, as is 20% of the entire body.

    Estrogen on the other hand accelerates the aging of collagen which thins the skin. It also causes water to be retained in the cells thereby plumping them up and giving the appearance of youth by ironing out the wrinkles.

    The prevention and control of common skin disorders has been assisted in many cases with progesterone therapy especially when combined with the correct nutritional regime.

    There are many nutrients needed to keep skin healthy...

    • Omega 3 (an essential fatty acid) plays a large role in keeping the skin healthy. The cell membranes are made from Omega 3 and 6
    • Vitamin C is involved in the making of collagen
    • Vitamin A controls keratin accumulation which, if left uncontrolled, results in thickened skin
    • Lack of zinc results in poor healing, leading to such problems as acne
    • The skin is exposed on a daily basis to an increasing level of free radicals associated with increasing levels of environmental poisons so the anti-oxidants are essential for skin health

    To find out more about progesterone therapy in general and how it benefits health issues other than common skin disorders, please click here.

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