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The Connection Between Estrogen and Your Skin

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Have you ever noticed how, at least on average, women tend to have better skin than men? By “better,” we mean softer, smoother, more evenly-toned, resilient, and even healing faster. One might make the mistake of simply attributing this to the fact that, on average, women tend to take better care of their skin, and that might be true for the most part, but it actually has a lot more to do with biology than most people thing. Specifically, we’re talking about hormones here. Even more specifically, we’re talking about estrogen.

Estrogens: A (Very) Brief Primer
When people talk about “estrogen,” they typically actually mean a set of hormones referred to as estrogens. They are estradiol, estradiol, and estrone, with estradiol being the most dominant. There is also a fourth type of estrogen called estetrol, which is only present in pregnant women. The three main estrogens are actually present in all humans, regardless of gender (the same is true for testosterone and the other androgens, incidentally), but women have a much, much higher amount of them, just as they have much less testosterone than men. Estrogens have a number of functions in the human body, from the development of secondary sex characteristics (breasts, wider hips, etc, etc), to ovulation and pregnancy, to other miscellaneous functions such as aiding in blood coagulation and supporting healthy lung function. Of course, the function we want to talk about today is how estrogens influence the skin. Let’s take a look.

Estrogens and Skin
Estrogens cause your pores to constrict, making for smaller pores and less oil released onto the skin. They also have an evening effect on skin tone; men, on average, have ruddier skin than women, even if they care for it properly. Research also shows that estrogens cause skin wounds to heal faster, and decrease the odds of developing skin inflammation and conditions like psoriasis, as well as decreasing the severity if you do get them. Estrogens also give a small bit of extra protection against the sun (but don’t take that as an excuse not to use sunscreen! SPF 30+ or bust!). It is quite common for women to notice that their skin begins to age more rapidly as soon as they hit menopause since menopause involves a huge decrease in estrogen levels.

Hormone Replacement Therapy
But don’t despair, ladies! You’re not necessarily doomed to lose your hormonal skin health advantages when the dreaded menopause hits, nor are you destined to always have coarse, ruddy skin if you are a transgender woman or have estrogen levels which are naturally lower than other women. In all of these cases, hormone replacement therapy (HRT for short) can come to you—and your skin’s—rescue. By taking estradiol orally, with injections, patches, or other means, you can boost the levels of all your estrogens (if you add estradiol to your system, trace amounts are naturally converted into estriol and estrone as well, so all you need to do is take the dominant estrogen—estradiol—estradiol, to boost your levels of all three). Mind you, you shouldn’t do this without a doctor. For one thing, it’s incredibly dangerous, and for another, you can only get it by prescription anyway. So if you’re worried your estrogen levels are lower than they should be, if you’re post-menopausal, or if you’re a transgender woman, make an appointment with your doctor today and ask about HRT!

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196 Responses to "The Connection Between Estrogen and Your Skin"

  1. Linda H.

    Thanks for the info!

  2. tally

    WOW!

  3. Lyndsey R.

    I really learned a lot from this article. As I’m getting into my mid 30’s I can definitely feel my body changing.

  4. Jean Hansen

    Love this. My skin seems to always be under assault!

  5. Michelle Castagne

    Very informative article.

  6. Betty Curran

    This explains why my skin has lost so much of its youthful texture as I’ve aged.

  7. Emma Walton

    A very interesting read, thanks for the explanation.

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    I would love to try this out!

  9. Anthea Holloway

    I do try hard to protect my skin and treat it too.

  10. joanne casey

    I’m experiencing early menopause at 44 and have been discussing HRT with my GP…I think my mind is now made up!

  11. Karla Oleinikoff

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    Would sure like to try this product.

  14. Beth Carpenter

    I’ve noticed changes in my skin as I’ve gotten older. This article explains some of the reasons for those changes.

  15. Kristina S

    By the state of my pores my skin is seriously lacking estrogen

  16. Laurie Emerson

    I thought it was so interesting to find out why we have better skin than men.

  17. zara roberts

    Great information and very interesting

  18. Stewart Biddlek

    Yep my wife has much better skin than myself

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    This is very interesting about estrogen. I did not know the skin connection til now.

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    Great post! I could definitely use some help with my skin care!

  29. Tatiana

    Very interesting

  30. Brenda Disimone

    Thanks for the info, i didnt know estrogen plays such an important role

  31. gloria patterson

    WOW thanks for so much information

    I have been lucky but maybe time

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  33. Divya Asha

    Wonderful facts. Now I got to know the reason for why I have so many pores on my face.

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    Thank you for the info!!

  35. Patty wright

    I am 59 and can use all the help I can get.lol. (No seriously)

  36. Jenna Pich

    Good to know!

  37. Rachel Ingersoll

    Great info! Learned a lot

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    thanks for the post

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  40. Flossie Shelley

    Was very impressed at how much I learned from this, thank you so much

  41. Pamela Goldman

    Very informative, thank you.

  42. Katherine Williams

    This is a very interesting read. I didn’t know that there were different types of estrogen.

  43. Linda Bragg

    The Orogold products I believe could be a big plus for me to use as I am on a pill to lower my estrogen levels the doctor has me on after having breast cancer. My skin has always been somewhat dry but even dryer since taking this pill. The info in this article has been very interesting and glad there is this type of cream product to use for aging skin.

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    Some good information

  47. Lauren Jones

    You would think my boyfriend is a woman because he takes great care of his skin and it is so soft!

  48. Theresa C.

    This was timely for me – I’ve just started menopause and am considering HRT – thank you!

  49. Glenda

    great advice for getting the perfect skin texture,

  50. Diane Wilford

    Thanks for the information.

  51. melissa mc

    informative and educational — appreciate it 🙂

  52. Martha Stock

    amazing info!

  53. Todd Hochman

    Love the ingredients and its way better to read and understand why and the use of it in our skin

  54. Dale Steele Nicolov

    I did not realize that estrogens aid in healthy lung function,Interesting!

  55. Angela Mason

    Thank you so very kindly for the information, I will gladly pass it along!! Have a wonderful weekend!!

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    Very informative.

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    great information on beauty and skincare!

  59. Michael Woods

    Very informative.

  60. shannon

    I honestly didn’t know how estrogen played a part in skin before this. These posts are so informative!

  61. Debbie P.

    I learned a lot from this page. Great info.

  62. Mrsblacklock

    Wow, good-to-know info. Especially interested in the future or estetrol infused products

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    Can’t wait to try it.

  64. Helen Haynes

    This was so interesting to read and to learn about…thank you..xx

  65. Dori E

    This was SO informative! Thanks for the intel on skincare.

  66. Rhonda Stefani

    Great information to be aware of. Truly wish women didn’t lose estrogen later in life though, HRT does worry me.

  67. Surina

    Thank you so much for this post! It’s nice to know that there actually are tangible ways to lessen the effects of aging .

  68. Ashley Nolan

    I like this post it is very informative on our skin!

  69. nancy

    great blog

  70. Lindsay Henige

    Very interesting!

  71. Carol Blakely

    I did not know a lot of that. I thought we were ladies and we like to prep our skin and most men do not, not all men. Men are using products more than we know, I have seen them buying them.

  72. Jodie

    Thank you for the awesome information! I learned a lot!

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    so excited to try this…ben looking forever for radiant beautiful skin!

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    good information thanks

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  77. Angela Teodorczy

    Great information, thanks.

  78. L Gravel

    I need to look into an Estrogen boost and Hormone Replacement Therapy

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    Love the information in this post.

  80. Ava Gayl MacKinnon

    Very informative.

  81. Gabrielly

    Thank you for the helpful information.

  82. Margaret Smith

    Learned a lot from this article. Never knew how much Estrogen effects the skin.

  83. Jodi Hunter

    Thanks for the information.

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    Really useful information

  87. Randi Williams

    Very useful and important information. Thx for sharing

  88. Harneet Farmahan

    Wow, didn’t know estrogen played such an important role in our body.

  89. Minna Adil

    thank you for this information.it’s really great

  90. Jennifer S.

    Hit menopause in this past year. So far, so good for the most part. I’d prefer to stay away from HRT. It’s great that women have that as an option, and some definitely need it during their transition, but it does have its own risks and I’m not willing to go there at this point. but it’s a godsend for others so everyone needs to decide what’s best for herself.

  91. Amanda G

    I didn’t know estrogen played such an important t role in the healthiness/ attractiveness of skin. I’m impressed with all the ways one can get estrogen to help with their skin later on in life. thanks for the great info.

  92. manal ali

    Thanks for the post

  93. Anita Singh

    Great n helpful information, thank you so much for sharing

  94. Jennifer I

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  95. Poppy Siddal

    Lots of helpful info, thank you!

  96. Cynthia Jones

    My mom is 85, still on HRT since her hysterectomy at 40. Despite the doctor preferring to reduce her hormone, she refuses, even with breast cancer a hereditary factor, she doesn’t look 85, and she attributes it to hormones. I also had a hysterectomy at 40, we happen to have the same GYN – he doesn’t even try to convince me hah!

  97. Jenna Bresnahan

    Very helpful information. Thank you.

  98. Connie Williamson

    I’m afraid to start up HRT again. I’ve had female relatives develop breast cancer associated with HRT. But I wouldn’t be averse to putting a special cream on my skin as long as it didn’t contain estrogen.

  99. Heather

    Thanks for the info.

  100. Spacey

    This is a very informative article! thank you!

  101. Corry L.

    Very informative post. I learned a lot. Thank you!

  102. Pam Jackson

    Thank you for this very timely article, as I am currently entering the dreaded menopause and found this information quite useful

  103. Lenae Schwartz

    Estrogen is my friend. Later in life it’ll be the male hormones that cause trouble.

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    I need this for my skin. It is starting to show fine lines

  105. Dana Smith

    Great info, very good to know! Thank you

  106. Dagmar Finch

    Yes, nutrition is key to health – your skin will be healthy and pretty if the rest of you is.

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    Thank you for the great information. Keeping my skin healthy and beautiful is something I have tried to do for almost 40 years now. I am glad to learn more information so I can do things better in the future.

  110. Pat Johnson

    Interesting information about how hormones can affect all of us women!

  111. ARLENE HOULROYD

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  113. Sabrina Ockerman

    Great information. Thank you. I also learned a lot.

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  121. Laura Miller

    Since i’m going through menopause and have skin issues, I found this to be very informative❤️

  122. DC2e

    yeay estrogen!

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    WOW… I learned things I did not know. I feel like I better know my skin now.

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    I didn’t know that estrogen could affect your skin.

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    interesting article. I think a lot of women wonder about hormones and skin issues.

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    Good info.

  139. Kristi Weiss

    Thank you for the information

  140. Margaret GALLAGHER

    So useful to know this information especially regarding HRT
    Thanks

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    So interesting ! 35 tmw and never took any interest in my skin before now x

  142. Jamie Johnson

    Thank you so much for sharing this information about hormone replacement therapy! I had no idea that you only really start to lose estrogen when you go through menopause. I always thought it was like collagen and diminished over time. Good to know I’ve got a little while longer to go before I have to start saving for these! Thanks so much for the information!

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    Thanks for the info. I didn’t realize how much oestrogen helps my skin!

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    Very informative! I have hormonal imbalance and I’m always on the lookout for methods and products that will help my skin.

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  166. Rama Alhamwi

    thank you for educating me to why I have less pore than my husband and how to make the most out of it

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    Great article!

  174. Louise Smith

    So glad for the help in this area since I am reaching that point in my life when nature is not nice to us.

  175. Shannon Croley

    I am 45 and willing to try anything for younger looking skin. I didn’t realize hormones had such an effect. Very informative post!

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    Thanks for the post !

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    I have been on HRT a couple of times for menopause, but as there is a history of breast cancer in my family, I can’t take it anymore.

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    I took hormones years ago and when I stopped my beauty went downhill!

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  195. Peter Watson

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