In addition to 100% organic cosmetics and skincare products such as Holly’s Organic – see page three in this issue – there’s another very effective research-backed type of skincare product available only on prescription. Holly, many Tahoma Clinic patients, and doctors skilled and knowledgeable in natural medicine have been using them for years.
After a few years, nearly every woman who’s used them starts to notice… and others notice for her… that she’s looking increasingly younger than other women her same age. What are these anti-ageing wonders? They’re hormone-infused skin creams, containing very low doses of bio-identical hormones.
Fight signs of ageing with research-proven skin cream
In addition to just looking at these women for ‘proof of effect’, there’s also research proving the anti-ageing benefits of hormone containing skin crèmes. Let’s start in 1987. In that year, researchers published a report concerning 14 women who used what they termed an ‘ointment’ containing low-dose oestriol and six women who used the exact same ointment with only the low-dose oestriol missing.1 After just three weeks, all the women volunteered to have their ‘ointment’-treated skin biopsied. The researchers reported that the elastic fibres in the oestriol-treated skin were thicker, better oriented, and slightly increased in number in half of the oestriol- treated women, but none of the controls. (Remember, this result occurred in just three weeks.) Also, the thickness of the skin surface (the epidermis for the technically inclined) was slightly, but significantly, increased in four of the women using the oestriol cream, and none of those in the control group.
Safety was monitored closely. No significant changes were seen in the epidermal cell size, cell division (for the technically inclined, ‘mitotic activity’), or blood vessel distribution. No inflammation was observed in either before or after treatment biopsies or in comparisons of the oestriol-treated group or the control group. Systemic levels of oestriol did not increase.
In 1996, other researchers reported on the effects of either 0.01% oestradiol (a very low dose) or 0.3% oestriol (a low dose) in skin cream used by 59 pre-menopausal women.2 After six months of use, elasticity and firmness of the women’s facial skin was ‘markedly improved’ by both the oestradiol and the oestriol preparations. Similarly, wrinkle depth and pore sizes had decreased by 61% to 100% in both groups. Special techniques also led to increases in collagen along with increased numbers of collagen fibres induced by both the very-low-dose oestradiol and low-dose oestriol after those six months.
Watch as wrinkles start to shrink and skin gets noticeably firmer
Along with low-dose oestriol, low-dose progesterone has been in Elastic Skin Cream and other hormonal-containing creams for decades. Relatively recently (2005), research was finally published about a low-dose progesterone-containing skin cream.3 Quoting the researchers: “The study demonstrated a significant… increase of the elastic skin properties in the treatment group… in the control group no such effect was observed… clinical monitoring showed a greater reduction in wrinkle depth around the eye, a greater decrease in nasolabial wrinkle depth… and a significantly higher… increase in skin firmness in the treatment group.”
Progesterone blood levels rose minimally, but statistically significantly. However, there were no adverse side effects of this or of the local treatment. As progesterone is normally present in much larger quantities in women’s blood, adverse effects would not be likely with minimal changes.
There are other ingredients added to nearly all low-dose bio-identical hormone skin creams, which both improve the actions of the hormones or have anti-ageing effects themselves. These ingredients vary. In the case of Elastic Skin Cream, these other ingredients are 100% natural with no patentable, extraterrestrial, or other ‘space alien’ molecules that could be dangerous to your skin or any other part of your body. (I can write that for sure as I formulated it originally years ago, and am kept informed of any alterations or changes.) It’s very likely that very-low-dose and low-dose bio-identical hormone containing skin creams supplied by other pharmacies are just as ‘clean and natural’ too.
It’s important to fight skin ageing both before and after menopause
Very-low-dose and low-dose bio-identical hormone containing skin creams are not just for post-menopausal women. After all, menopause doesn’t show up for most women until after the age of 40, and nearly all 35 to 40-year old women (and many younger) have already noticed subtle and not-so-subtle signs of skin ageing, especially of the face. The second research report summarised above was done with pre-menopausal women; it showed 61% to 100% improvement in some parameters of skin ageing. And at these very low doses, no pre-menopausal woman has ever told me that her usual and normal menstrual cycling has changed in any way.
If you’re a woman who’s interested in obtaining such a preparation, ask your doctor or find a practitioner that is skilled and knowledgeable in natural medicine. It’s very likely you can get a prescription.
So far, every woman for whom I’ve prescribed Elastic Skin Cream who’s used it for two or three years or more has told me how pleased she is with it, and that she intends to keep using it indefinitely. It’s extremely likely that it or another similar very-low-dose or low-dose bio-identical hormone skin cream will work as well for you!
Oh yes… hormone-infused prescription creams such as Elastic Skin Creams are 100% compatible with and – very complementary to – all natural, organic skincare products and cosmetics, such as Holly’s Organic. The ingredients in each differ, but work very well together. Of course, Holly uses both herself!Wishing you the best of health,
Dr. Jonathan V. Wright
Nutrition & Healing
Volume 6, Issue 6 – June 2012
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