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Research Article

Sex hormones and skin collagen content in postmenopausal women.

Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1983; 287 doi: (Published 05 November 1983) Cite this as: Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1983;287:1337
  1. M Brincat,
  2. C F Moniz,
  3. J W Studd,
  4. A J Darby,
  5. A Magos,
  6. D Cooper


    Skin biopsy specimens were taken from 29 postmenopausal women who had not been given hormone replacement therapy and from 26 women who had been treated with oestrogen and testosterone implants for two to 10 years. The mean hydroxyproline content and therefore the mean collagen content in the skin was found to be 48% greater in the treated than the untreated women, who were matched for age. This difference was significant (p less than 0.01). The implication of this finding is that oestrogen or testosterone, or both, prevents the decrease in skin collagen content that occurs with aging and protects skin in the same way as it protects bone in postmenopausal women.