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Title: Skin ageing
Authors: Calleja-Agius, Jean
Muscat Baron, Yves
Brincat, Mark P.
Keywords: Skin -- Aging
Skin -- Physiology
Menopause -- Hormone therapy
Hormone therapy
Issue Date: 2007
Publisher: Menopause International
Citation: Menopause International. 2007, Vol.13(2), p.60-64
Abstract: Cutaneous ageing manifests itself as a progressive reduction in maximum function and reserve capacity of skin tissue. It is not a unique and uniform biological event. Skin comprises three layers: epidermis, dermis and subcutaneous tissue. Collagen atrophy is a major factor in skin ageing. There is a strong correlation between skin collagen loss and estrogen deficiency due to the menopause. Skin ageing, especially in the face, is associated with a progressive increase in extensibility and a reduction in elasticity. With increasing age, the skin also becomes more fragile and susceptible to trauma, leading to more lacerations and bruising. Furthermore, wound healing is impaired in older women. Estrogen use after the menopause increases collagen content, dermal thickness and elasticity, and it decreases the likelihood of senile dry skin. Large-scale clinical trials are necessary to help make informed recommendations regarding postmenopausal estrogen use and its role in the prevention of skin ageing.
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