Men and women are often prescribed DHEA, a precursor to estrogen or testosterone, in order to correct low levels of sex hormones. You might be surprised to see face creams that also contain DHEA as an active ingredient. As it turns out, these creams can be safe, and they can be effective for managing a number of common skin issues. Here's a closer look.
What skin problems can DHEA correct?
Many skin problems that men and women develop as they age are due, at least in part, to lower levels of sex hormones. This includes dry skin, hyperpigmentation (also known as age spots), and thinning skin. Wrinkles and fine lines are caused, at least in part, by reductions in hormone levels that lead to a loss of collagen in the skin. Using a DHEA cream can help address all of these skin issues. It's an all-in-one remedy for wrinkles, fine lines, dryness, and uneven skin tone.
Are there any risks associated with DHEA cream?
The risk of side effects is fairly low as long as patients stick to the prescribed dose. This means only applying the amount that your doctor suggests, and only applying it once a day. If too large of a dose is used, you may start to experience skin-related side effects like oily skin and acne. Keep in mind that the DHEA your body absorbs does not just affect your skin, either. It also travels to your other tissues, so too much can cause symptoms like increased body hair growth and breast tenderness. If you do start experiencing these problems, contact your doctor. They may recommend a lower dose or using the cream less often.
Can you use DHEA face cream if you are using another hormone product?
If you are already taking DHEA supplements, using a DHEA vaginal cream, or taking estrogen or testosterone supplements of any kind, then you typically should not use a DHEA face cream. Really, there should be no need for you to use such a cream, as your body is already getting the DHEA it needs to counteract hormone-related skin conditions. Talk to your dermatologist about additional skin treatments that may help, such as filler injections or microdermabrasion. Sometimes DHEA alone is not enough.
DHEA face creams are great for treating hormone and age-related skin problems. Talk to your doctor about DHEA creams to learn more about these medications and how they work on your behalf.