What is the Role of Progesterone for Skin Elasticity & Firmness?
A study published on PubMed entitled Effects and side-effects of 2% progesterone cream on the skin of peri- and postmenopausal women: results from a double-blind, vehicle-controlled, randomized study, concludes:
Conclusions: The results of this study demonstrate that topical 2% progesterone acts primarily in increasing elasticity and firmness in the skin of peri- and postmenopausal women. These effects in combination with good tolerability make progesterone a possible treatment agent for slowing down the ageing process of female skin after onset of the menopause.
Full article can be accessed here.
Progesterone levels in pregnant women will rise to approximately 400 mg/day during the third trimester. As progesterone is bathing a woman’s womb, it is also promoting skin elasticity of the belly, which protects the skin from damage.
It is fair to say that most women (probably all women) desire to maintain beautiful skin as they transition through peri-menopause and menopause!
So, what are some of the other ways progesterone protects you?
Progesterone is the Master Hormone in all women. It is the hormone responsible for balancing the activities of a woman’s 27 different estrogens. It is the hormone used by the body to make many other necessary hormones, including estrogen, allopregenalone & testosterone. Optimal progesterone levels, is foundational for a woman to enjoy good health & wellness.
- If a cycling woman fails to maintain sufficient progesterone during “that time of the month” she will experience some of the 150 symptoms of PMS/PMT, including cramping, irritability, headaches, etc…
- A premature drop in Progesterone levels during pregnancy will almost always result in a miscarriage, or pre-term birth. A normal, sharp drop in progesterone levels on or about week 40, will trigger the birth of the baby & almost always result in “post-partum depression”.
- Progesterone (the one your body makes; not the synthetic one) protects a woman from breast cancer, ovarian cancer and endometriosis. Research is here.
- Progesterone stimulates bone building cells called osteoblasts to build new bone tissue more effectively than any other influence, including aerobic exercise. Bone loss in women, begins, on average at age 37, resulting in 1.5% bone mineral density loss per year. Women who supplement with a properly formulated topical progesterone cream appreciate a 0.68% increase in bone mineral density each year! If you do the math, this is an awesome outcome!
- Men need progesterone to make testosterone
- Progesterone supports prostate health
- Progesterone supports production of serotonin & has been labeled the “Happy Hormone”
- Progesterone-Based Therapy Protects Against Influenza by Promoting Lung Repair and Recovery in Females