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Dan's AHA Estrogenic - why?????

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Dan,

Why the heck did you put lichochalcone or licorice root extract in your AHA cream?

Do you realize that this is an estrogenic compound? Sorry but I didn't want hormone replacement therapy. I just wanted AHA.

It seems like this estrogenic compound, lichochalcone is a pointless addition. From a guy's perspective, I'm not using this estrogen garbage. If you are a girl, knock yourself out.

-pissed off

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This study focuses on anti-inflammatory properties of Licochalcone A, a retrochalcone from Glycyrrhiza inflata, which has previously been shown to possess antibacterial and antiparasitic properties. The data presented in this report clearly demonstrate, for the first time, that Licochalcone A is a potent inhibitor of proinflammatory in vitro responses of a variety of dermatologically relevant cell types, including formylmethionyl-leucyl-phenylalanine or zymosan-induced oxidative burst of granulocytes, UVB-induced prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) release by keratinocytes, LPS-induced PGE2 release by adult dermal fibroblasts, fMLP-induced leukotriene B-4 release by granulocytes, and LPS-induced interleukin 6/tumor necrosis factor-a secretion by monocyte-derived dendritic cells.

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This study focuses on anti-inflammatory properties of Licochalcone

That's all great and wonderful. EXCEPT ITS ESTROGENIC. Why not just use aloe?

"Licorice is considered a 'phytoestrogen'...if estrogen levels are low, they appear to potentiate the action of estrogen...Phytoestrogens have between 1/20 to 1/100 the action of estrogen."

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This study focuses on anti-inflammatory properties of Licochalcone

That's all great and wonderful. EXCEPT ITS ESTROGENIC. Why not just use aloe?

"Licorice is considered a 'phytoestrogen'...if estrogen levels are low, they appear to potentiate the action of estrogen...Phytoestrogens have between 1/20 to 1/100 the action of estrogen."

Relax, dude. It's external use. The amount absorbed to your body is actually neglectable. Soybean also has phytoestrogen and Asian people drink a lot of soybean juice from acient age and their men are still men. It's all about efficient dose.

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Just because the chemicals are similar to estrogen, doesn't mean a mammal body treats them like that.

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You can rest assured that the phytoestrogen characteristics that are in the AHA are not going to produce hormone replacement effects on your body. HRT has mega amounts of estrogen to replace what a postmenopausal woman loses from her ovaries. While I don't know the exact amount that licochalcone wold produce, the levels are surely negligible.

In any case, estrogens are just as necessary in male bodies as they are in females bodies. Sure, it's processed differently as there are no ovaries...instead it is done in your brain. Just to note: females have testosterone too!

The idea that estrogen = women and testosterone = men is outdated and erroneous.

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