Can I restore elasticity and firmness to my face if I apply very little topical Tri-estrogen cream every other day?


Q: Can I restore elasticity and firmness to my face if I apply very little topical Tri-estrogen cream every other day? Does estriol cream have the same effect as Tri-estrogen?
Do estriol and progesterone cream cause weight gain, since these two hormones are the main hormones during pregnancy?

A: Elasticity and firmness has to do with collagen structure. Estrogen does not have significant collagen rebuilding effect. You need vitamin C, lysine, proline, ascorbic palmitate to build collagen, or topical secretagogue that can stimulate collagen production.
Tri-estrogen cream and estriol are very different compounds. Tri-estrogen, as its name imply, is a combination of three types of estrogen: E1 (estrone), E2 (estradiol), and E3 (estriol). It can be synthetic or natural, and the ratio is very different in each. The synthetic kind is commonly available as a drug called Premarin. The natural kind needs to be compounded by a special pharmacy.
During pregnancy, your progesterone is kept high to maintain proper function. The weight gain is from the pregnancy and not so much from the progesterone. In fact, progesterone has the opposite effect from estrogen which causes water retention.