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

  1. sharon

    would love to have skin like the lady in the picture

  2. Peter Watson

    Abslotutely fascinating that estrogen has so much importance when it comes to skin.

  3. Betty Beck

    I am on HRT

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    THANK YOU

  7. Renee Elbel

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

  8. Lisa Armstrong

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  9. sharon catterall

    interesting article

  10. Elise Burke

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  11. Nidhi Varma

    Very interesting and informative article.

  12. Pam Waters

    Very true

  13. evonne Brooks

    Thanks for the info.

  14. viva

    sounds good for us middle aged folks!

  15. Ray Waldrop

    wife would love this

  16. Marie Young (Betty)

    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.

  17. cleo

    Will have to look into HRT when the time comes

  18. Fawaz Walid

    It is a very beautiful and useful subject about hormones and the skin of women

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  21. Helena

    Great informations !
    Thanks for the post !

  22. 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!

  23. 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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    Great article!

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  27. Rachael Pendleton

    Thank you for the info!

  28. Nallely Tlaseca

    Great information to know !

  29. Brookie

    Thank you! I was told I had cystic skin and any problems I have I blame on that.

  30. James

    Interesting information!

  31. 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

  32. rachael owens

    Thanks for the info.

  33. Jay Jackson

    Thanks for the article, I will have to share this with my wife.

  34. Anne

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

  35. Harjot Chand

    This is such useful information!
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  36. Melinda Wexler

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  38. Maria McGoldrick

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  40. Gail Canzius

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  41. Gabrielle

    This is really helpful information. Thanks for discussing the different kinds of estrogen as well as HRT.

  42. Zazzie

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  43. Onyinye Elochukwu

    Thanks for all the useful information.

  44. Sandy Weinstein

    nice information abt hormones and the uses of estrogen and HRT.

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  46. Susan Tice

    Thanks for sharing!!

  47. Marlene Zwikelmaier

    I love learning about how my skin works.

  48. debra dubois

    Great information I appreciate the knowledge on abt hormones and the uses…

  49. Emily Hull

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

  50. Banessa Martinez

    This was both interesting and informative.

  51. tbivings

    This is very good information thanks.

  52. Irina

    Great info

  53. Cherie Bradley

    The containers are so pretty

  54. Kimberly Dunn

    Thanks for the info!

  55. 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!

  56. Rachael obrien

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

  57. Margaret GALLAGHER

    So useful to know this information especially regarding HRT
    Thanks

  58. Kristi Weiss

    Thank you for the information

  59. Kara Vaughan Marks

    Good info.

  60. Lanie

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

  61. Rita Sheppard

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

  62. Lisa Nguyen

    LOVE THIS INFORMATIVE BLOG. I LEARNED ALOT.

  63. Joyce McDaniel

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  64. Sonia Carneiro

    Very interesting article!!

  65. Angie Adelman

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

  66. Lisa Ogle

    Very informative post I will defiantly have to look into this,

  67. Scott

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  70. Aimee

    Very helpful info. It’s nice to read a beauty blog that is interesting every once in a while

  71. Catherine Guzik

    Thanks for the very informative information!

  72. Michael G

    Gotta be honest here, looking for a miracle and hopefully this is it.

  73. Donna C

    Lots of useful information here!

  74. Layla

    Very informative!

  75. DC2e

    yeay estrogen!

  76. Laura Miller

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

  77. MaryEllen S.

    This is a very informative blog. I like info that will help my skin look better

  78. Angela Bauer

    The injections….are they a good idea

  79. Bsr122768

    Great information, learned a lot

  80. Marcus Walker

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  81. Joan N

    Thanks for all the info.!

  82. tina mccallum

    Wow how interesting! Would love to try HRT!

  83. Terry Poage

    Thanks for the information.

  84. Sabrina Ockerman

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

  85. Irina Gnatiuk

    Thanks for the useful information!

  86. ARLENE HOULROYD

    Good info

  87. Pat Johnson

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

  88. Debbie Ricards

    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.

  89. Joanne Picca

    Magnificent beauty products!

  90. Ann

    Great information, helps me understand how to take better care of my skin.

  91. Dagmar Finch

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

  92. Dana Smith

    Great info, very good to know! Thank you

  93. belinda bell

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

  94. Lenae Schwartz

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

  95. Pam Jackson

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

  96. Corry L.

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

  97. Spacey

    This is a very informative article! thank you!

  98. Heather

    Thanks for the info.

  99. 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.

  100. Jenna Bresnahan

    Very helpful information. Thank you.

  101. 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!

  102. Poppy Siddal

    Lots of helpful info, thank you!

  103. Jennifer I

    Very interesting! Had no idea how many types of estrogen there were! Loving the idea of Orogold

  104. Anita Singh

    Great n helpful information, thank you so much for sharing

  105. manal ali

    Thanks for the post

  106. 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.

  107. 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.

  108. Minna Adil

    thank you for this information.it’s really great

  109. Harneet Farmahan

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

  110. Randi Williams

    Very useful and important information. Thx for sharing

  111. Annabel Greaves

    Really useful information

  112. B.Marioara

    Thaks for information 🙂

  113. Gabrielle

    ❤️ orogold, super products for my skin…

  114. Jodi Hunter

    Thanks for the information.

  115. Margaret Smith

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

  116. Gabrielly

    Thank you for the helpful information.

  117. Ava Gayl MacKinnon

    Very informative.

  118. Sherry Bucalo

    Love the information in this post.

  119. L Gravel

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

  120. Angela Teodorczy

    Great information, thanks.

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    thanks for the chance

  122. Frances

    Very informative blog

  123. Karlene

    good information thanks

  124. lisa perkins

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

  125. Jodie

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

  126. 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.

  127. Lindsay Henige

    Very interesting!

  128. nancy

    great blog

  129. Ashley Nolan

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

  130. 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 .

  131. Rhonda Stefani

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

  132. Dori E

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

  133. Helen Haynes

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

  134. elizabeth gonzalez

    Can’t wait to try it.

  135. Mrsblacklock

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

  136. Debbie P.

    I learned a lot from this page. Great info.

  137. shannon

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

  138. Michael Woods

    Very informative.

  139. Erin Mize

    great information on beauty and skincare!

  140. Jamia Geer

    Very informative.

  141. brenda williams

    what an awesome prize

  142. Angela Mason

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

  143. Dale Steele Nicolov

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

  144. Todd Hochman

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

  145. Martha Stock

    amazing info!

  146. melissa mc

    informative and educational — appreciate it 🙂

  147. Diane Wilford

    Thanks for the information.

  148. Glenda

    great advice for getting the perfect skin texture,

  149. Theresa C.

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

  150. Lauren Jones

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

  151. Jennifer Phillips

    Some good information

  152. Mina

    Great! Thanks for the information, Orogold Cosmetics! Keep up the good work and more power to you! ♥

  153. Jan

    Great blog great information

  154. 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.

  155. Katherine Williams

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

  156. Pamela Goldman

    Very informative, thank you.

  157. Flossie Shelley

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

  158. Louise hamlett

    I tried a sample of this whilst I was on holiday in New York, it was absolutely fabulous and very addictive! My skin feels amazing!

  159. ami

    thanks for the post

  160. Rachel Ingersoll

    Great info! Learned a lot

  161. Jenna Pich

    Good to know!

  162. Divya Asha

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

  163. gloria patterson

    WOW thanks for so much information

    I have been lucky but maybe time

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