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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. Avatar Linda H.

    Thanks for the info!

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  3. Avatar 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. Avatar Jean Hansen

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

  5. Avatar Michelle Castagne

    Very informative article.

  6. Avatar Betty Curran

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

  7. Avatar Emma Walton

    A very interesting read, thanks for the explanation.

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    I would love to try this out!

  9. Avatar Anthea Holloway

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

  10. Avatar 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!

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  14. Avatar 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. Avatar Kristina S

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

  16. Avatar Laurie Emerson

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

  17. Avatar zara roberts

    Great information and very interesting

  18. Avatar 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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  24. Avatar Surinder gurm

    Good article, my husband worries about his skin more than I do

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    Very interesting

  30. Avatar Brenda Disimone

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

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    WOW thanks for so much information

    I have been lucky but maybe time

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  33. Avatar Divya Asha

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

  34. Avatar Inger

    Thank you for the info!!

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

  36. Avatar Jenna Pich

    Good to know!

  37. Avatar Rachel Ingersoll

    Great info! Learned a lot

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    thanks for the post

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  40. Avatar Flossie Shelley

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

  41. Avatar Pamela Goldman

    Very informative, thank you.

  42. Avatar Katherine Williams

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

  43. Avatar 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.

  44. Avatar Jan

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    Some good information

  47. Avatar Lauren Jones

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

  48. Avatar Theresa C.

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

  49. Avatar Glenda

    great advice for getting the perfect skin texture,

  50. Avatar Diane Wilford

    Thanks for the information.

  51. Avatar melissa mc

    informative and educational — appreciate it 🙂

  52. Avatar Martha Stock

    amazing info!

  53. Avatar Todd Hochman

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

  54. Avatar Dale Steele Nicolov

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

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    Very informative.

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    great information on beauty and skincare!

  59. Avatar Michael Woods

    Very informative.

  60. Avatar shannon

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

  61. Avatar Debbie P.

    I learned a lot from this page. Great info.

  62. Avatar Mrsblacklock

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

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  64. Avatar Helen Haynes

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

  65. Avatar Dori E

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

  66. Avatar Rhonda Stefani

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

  67. Avatar 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. Avatar Ashley Nolan

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

  69. Avatar nancy

    great blog

  70. Avatar Lindsay Henige

    Very interesting!

  71. Avatar 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. Avatar Jodie

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

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    Great information, thanks.

  78. Avatar L Gravel

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  80. Avatar Ava Gayl MacKinnon

    Very informative.

  81. Avatar Gabrielly

    Thank you for the helpful information.

  82. Avatar Margaret Smith

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

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  88. Avatar Harneet Farmahan

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

  89. Avatar Minna Adil

    thank you for this’s really great

  90. Avatar 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. Avatar 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. Avatar manal ali

    Thanks for the post

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    Great n helpful information, thank you so much for sharing

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  95. Avatar Poppy Siddal

    Lots of helpful info, thank you!

  96. Avatar 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. Avatar Jenna Bresnahan

    Very helpful information. Thank you.

  98. Avatar 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. Avatar Heather

    Thanks for the info.

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    This is a very informative article! thank you!

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

  102. Avatar Pam Jackson

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

  103. Avatar 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

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    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. Avatar Pat Johnson

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


    Good info

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  136. Avatar Rita Sheppard

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

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    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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  174. Avatar 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.

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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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