I am wondering if progesterone deficiency is causing severe skin disorders.

by Susan
(Aiken, SC, USA)

I had a complete hysterectomy when I was 45. Shortly afterward, my skin would easily tear and bruise at the slightest touch. My dermatologist said I had thin skin from sun exposure and my gynocologist has continued to give me my annual hormone implant - skin has continued to deterioate over the years. Now at 62, my skin is loaded with age spots and I look 100. HELP

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Apr 07, 2012
I am wondering if progesterone deficiency is causing severe skin disorders.
by: Wray

Hi Susan I can't agree that the sun has caused the thin skin. It's related to the hyst, as this not only stops all ovarian oestrogen production, but more importantly progesterone too. Progesterone does stop bruising, I had that badly and it all went once using progesterone. It's very good for the skin, see here. Whereas oestrogen does nothing for it, see here and here. Progesterone is also good for ageing too, see here, here, here, here and here. You might like to read more about oestrogen on our HRT page. Please consider taking 2000mg/day N-acetyl cysteine, it's remarkable at helping the skin. It also helps hair and nails too. It's cheaper in powder form, I take mine in fresh fruit juice, or one of the boxed varieties with no nasties in. It is very sour and smells of sulphur, but I'm so used to it now. If you should consider progesterone, please see our page on Menopause, plus our page on Oestrogen Dominance too. Vitamin D is essential for healthy skin too, please have a test done. For more info on vitamin D levels, test kits etc see the Vitamin D Council, GrassrootsHealth, Birmingham Hospital and Vitamin D Links websites. Blood levels should be 70-100ng/ml or 175-250nmol/L and not the 30ng/ml or 75nmol/L most labs and doctors regard as adequate. The minimum daily dose should be 5000iu's per day, although the latest research indicates it should be 10,000iu's per day, see here. Take care Wray

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