Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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Is HRT Making My Skin Oily?

By    |   Thursday, 30 Jan 2014 10:12 AM

Question: I have always had oily skin, but since I started taking HRT (I am 61), it has gotten worse. Do you have any suggestions I can discuss with my doctor about what to do? 

Dr. Hibberd's answer:
 
Hormonal therapy in women has different side effects, including oily skin, and not all are predictable. Ask your doctor to change the HRT formulation to see if it makes a difference.
 
But I also wonder why you are on HRT, since we very clearly have much data suggesting that long-term HRT in women is usually unwise, and does not provide the heart benefits we once believed it offered.

I would suggest you discontinue the HRT and have your physician prescribe non-hormonal medications to relieve any menopausal symptoms you have.

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