The Connection Between Estrogen and Your Skin
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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I really learned a lot from this article. As I’m getting into my mid 30’s I can definitely feel my body changing.
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This explains why my skin has lost so much of its youthful texture as I’ve aged.
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I do try hard to protect my skin and treat it too.
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By the state of my pores my skin is seriously lacking estrogen
I thought it was so interesting to find out why we have better skin than men.
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This is very interesting about estrogen. I did not know the skin connection til now.
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Wonderful facts. Now I got to know the reason for why I have so many pores on my face.
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This is a very interesting read. I didn’t know that there were different types of estrogen.
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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You would think my boyfriend is a woman because he takes great care of his skin and it is so soft!
This was timely for me – I’ve just started menopause and am considering HRT – thank you!
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I did not realize that estrogens aid in healthy lung function,Interesting!
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I honestly didn’t know how estrogen played a part in skin before this. These posts are so informative!
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Great information to be aware of. Truly wish women didn’t lose estrogen later in life though, HRT does worry me.
Thank you so much for this post! It’s nice to know that there actually are tangible ways to lessen the effects of aging .
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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.
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Wow, didn’t know estrogen played such an important role in our body.
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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.
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.
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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!
Very helpful information. Thank you.
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.
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Thank you for this very timely article, as I am currently entering the dreaded menopause and found this information quite useful
Estrogen is my friend. Later in life it’ll be the male hormones that cause trouble.
I need this for my skin. It is starting to show fine lines
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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.
Interesting information about how hormones can affect all of us women!
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Great information. Thank you. I also learned a lot.
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The injections….are they a good idea
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I didn’t know that estrogen could affect your skin.
interesting article. I think a lot of women wonder about hormones and skin issues.
Thank you for the information
So useful to know this information especially regarding HRT
So interesting ! 35 tmw and never took any interest in my skin before now x
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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This was both interesting and informative.
Thanks for the info. I didn’t realize how much oestrogen helps my skin!
Great information I appreciate the knowledge on abt hormones and the uses…
I love learning about how my skin works.
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nice information abt hormones and the uses of estrogen and HRT.
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This is really helpful information. Thanks for discussing the different kinds of estrogen as well as HRT.
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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.
Thanks for the article, I will have to share this with my wife.
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thank you for educating me to why I have less pore than my husband and how to make the most out of it
Thank you! I was told I had cystic skin and any problems I have I blame on that.
Great information to know !
Thank you for the info!
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So glad for the help in this area since I am reaching that point in my life when nature is not nice to us.
I am 45 and willing to try anything for younger looking skin. I didn’t realize hormones had such an effect. Very informative post!
Great informations !
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It is a very beautiful and useful subject about hormones and the skin of women
Will have to look into HRT when the time comes
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.
wife would love this
sounds good for us middle aged folks!
Thanks for the info.
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I took hormones years ago and when I stopped my beauty went downhill!
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I am on HRT
Abslotutely fascinating that estrogen has so much importance when it comes to skin.
would love to have skin like the lady in the picture