Is Estrogen the Key to “Good” Skin?

Is Topical Estrogen the Answer to Youthful Skin?

Is Topical Estrogen the Answer to Youthful Skin?

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Anyone who experiences a monthly menstrual cycle is well aware of how shifting hormones effect the skin. Around ovulation, your skin peaks: it’s clear and naturally radiant. The days leading up to the start of your period are your skin’s flop area: it’s dull, oily, and maybe a few zits have popped up on your skin.

This downgrade in appearance is due to the dip in estrogen that occurs at the tail end of your cycle, but a similar shift in the hormone (along with progesterone) happens as you enter preimenopause and menopause. The body naturally begins to produce less estrogen, which can make the skin appear dull, saggy, and dry. You can also experience breakouts as these changes happen, too.

It’s impossible to prevent the hormone shifts that come with this stage of life, so unsurprisingly people have taken to Google to find out if estrogen can be applied to the skin topically for a quick fix. According to Spate, searches for “estrogen face cream” are up 102.8%.

You won’t find estrogen in moisturizers at Sephora, but there are ingredients that mimic its skincare benefits. Ahead, dermatologists explain the role estrogen has on the skin, how to make up for the loss of estrogen with the products in your skincare routine, and more.

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What Role Does Estrogen Have on Skin Health?

Estrogen is a hormone that’s important to many bodily functions — including maintaining what’s considered youthful skin. “Estrogen aids in the prevention of skin aging when at appropriate levels and it’s for this reason that the features of aging skin appear as we get older and, most prominently, during peri- and post-menopause when estrogen levels decline

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