Benefits of Estrogen in Aging

Skin Benefits of Estrogen in Aging

Even if we are perfectly healthy and are still as energetic and spry as we were as teenagers, our complexion can still betray the reality of our age. More than any other organ in the body, the skin is susceptible to aging, as it is the layer that protects the body from chemicals, bacteria, pollutants, and the harsh sun. In women, the reproductive hormone, called estrogen, plays a vital role in the health of our skin and how young and vibrant it appears. This is why, after menopause, many women see a sharp decline in the quality of their skin, as the body produces significantly less estrogen. 

Estrogen’s primary function is to ensure the female reproduction cycle is working properly. It is produced in the ovaries and higher levels when a woman is pregnant, as it plays a role in the health and life of the baby. Even men produce estrogen at low levels, just as women produce a low level of testosterone. Recent studies have found that estrogen has a serious effect on the skin, including dictating when the aging process begins and sometimes even reversing it with a topical application.

Estrogen loss can take a toll on the way your skin looks after the age of 30. Both peri-menopausal and menopausal women can experience accelerated aging due to the lack of estrogen our bodies once produced.

Fresh Rose Seven Signs of Aging

Seven Signs of Aging:

  • Accelerated Formation of Fine Lines and Wrinkles
  • Loss of Elasticity and Firmness
  • Thin or Translucent Skin
  • Dry, Dehydrated Skin that looks Dull or Sallow
  • Uneven Pigmentation, including Spots or Redness
  • Facial Hair Growth
  • Hypersensitivity (more sensitive to sun, chemicals, irritation, allergies and bruising)

Studies conducted by the University of California found that estrogen often controls how much moisture the skin will hold and how quickly it produces collagen. These two factors are often behind many signs of aging, as improper moisture and a breakdown of collagen stores and production can take a serious toll on the skin. The study found that women whose skin was treated topically with estrogen had better moisture retention and much better collagen production. Both of these factors prevented wrinkling in the skin.

It was also discovered that women with age spots who treated them topically with estrogen often found that these brown patches began to fade over time. Latent harm from the sun causes many of these brown patches—the sign of photoaging that occurred much earlier in life and for which there seemed to be no remedy. A topical application of estrogen helped to lessen the appearance of these spots and improve the overall texture and appearance of the skin.

The study also found that estrogen can contribute to reducing acne, which many women, even into their mature years, sill struggle with, even after leaving puberty behind. Estrogen can help to reduce the amount of androgen production, which, in turn, contributes to regulating oil production in the skin, leading to fewer clogged pores and less pimples.