Skin extensibility time in women. Changes in relation to sex hormones

E. Berardesca, P. Gabba, N. Farinelli, G. Borroni, G. Rabbiosi

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The influence of female sex hormones on mechanical properties of the skin has been assessed in an in vivo extensometric study. Twenty young (20 ± 4 years) and 12 middle-aged healthy women (42 ± 3 years) entered the study. Measurements were carried out on the volar surface of the left forearm on the 10th and 25th day of the menstrual cycle. A significantly decreased skin extensibility time in the pre-menstrual phase was found (25th day) when compared with the 10th day in the young group, while the older group did not reveal significant changes. The data are compatible with an increased water content of the skin noticeable in the pre-menstrual phase and more relevant in young women. In studies on mechanical properties of the skin, changes relative to sex hormones and menstrual cycle need to be taken into account.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)431-433
Number of pages3
JournalActa Dermato-Venereologica
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology


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