Hormonal effects on skin aging

  • Tania J. Phillips
    From the Department of Dermatology, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts (TJP, MS); and the Department of Medicine–Dermatology, Marmara University School of Medicine, Istanbul, Turkey (ZD)
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  • Zeynep Demircay
    From the Department of Dermatology, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts (TJP, MS); and the Department of Medicine–Dermatology, Marmara University School of Medicine, Istanbul, Turkey (ZD)
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  • Malini Sahu
    From the Department of Dermatology, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts (TJP, MS); and the Department of Medicine–Dermatology, Marmara University School of Medicine, Istanbul, Turkey (ZD)
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      With aging, there is a decrease in the level of hormones, such as estrogen, testosterone, dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate (DHEAS), and growth hormone. The effect of this decrease on the skin has been poorly documented, although more data are available for estrogen than for other hormones. This article reviews the effect of decreasing hormone levels on the skin and the possible cutaneous benefits of hormone replacement therapy (HRT).
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