[Steroid hormone receptors in normal skin].Z Hautkr. 1986 Jun 15; 61(12):841-6.ZH
Hormonal influences modulate various skin functions. Despite of skin manifestations indicative of increased androgenic influence, many cases show normal hormone serum levels. The target organ sensitivity of skin may be figured out by hormone receptor analysis. Our study presents data from 60 volunteer patients regarding estrogen (ER), androgen (AR), and gestagen (PgR) receptor analysis in normal skin. The highest percentages of AR and ER were found in the face of male and female patients followed by the lower extremities. Equal AR levels in both sexes indicate equal androgenic stimulability at the cellular level in both sexes. ER levels were higher in female than in male patients. PgR was negative in 14 cases. Nor could we prove any receptors in the youngest group of patients. Our results correspond with the clinical observation of different hormonal stimulability in various skin regions.