Every woman reacts differently to the changes that come with menopause, but a common—and often unaddressed—issue is Estrogen Deficient Skin. As women enter perimenopause, they may begin to notice changes to their skin’s appearance caused by decreased levels of estrogen in the body. In fact, many women feel like their skin changes overnight, suddenly showing signs of aging that weren’t there before. If you’ve experienced new skincare concerns like wrinkles or dry skin, menopause may be the cause.
What Is Estrogen Deficient Skin?
Estrogen Deficient Skin can occur as a result of women’s estrogen levels naturally decreasing as they age. Because estrogen plays a significant role in skin physiology, estrogen deficiency can lead to a number of changes in the skin, including increased laxity,, dryness, dullness and wrinkles.
An article in Dermato-Endocrinology explains that the cause of these changes comes down to the fact that estrogen insufficiency “decreases defense against oxidative stress.” In other words, the protective function that estrogen normally plays is weakened, meaning the skin takes longer to heal from wounds and may be more susceptible to aging.
But there’s so much more to estrogen than just wound healing. Estrogen is critical to overall cellular function and skin health, affecting hydration, skin thickness, collagen loss, and how our skin responds to sun damage.
Signs of Estrogen Deficient Skin
How do you know if you’re affected by Estrogen Deficient Skin? As estrogen levels naturally decline, many women become aware that their skin is noticeably affected and often struggle with the following issues:
- Dryer and duller skin. Decreasing estrogen levels can cause formerly bright, hydrated skin to become more dull and dry, which leads to the appearance of fine lines.
- Sagging skin with visible wrinkles. In the first 5 years of menopause, women lose up to 30% of their dermal collagen, leading to sagging skin that is more apt to develop visible wrinkles.
- Thinner and more fragile skin. Estrogen Deficient Skin can experience up to a 1.1% decline in skin thickness each year after menopause.
- Changes to skin around the eyes. Under-eye creping and wrinkles are attributable to estrogen deficiency, along with puffiness, fine lines and dark circles.
How Hormones Change as You Age
As you get older, changes in hormone production naturally occur. The levels of some hormones increase, while others decrease or stay the same. For women, many of these hormonal changes are linked closely to menopause. During perimenopause—the transitional stage that begins several years before menopause—the body will start producing less estrogen and progesterone. The loss of estrogen is gradual and tends to accelerate during the last few years of the perimenopause stage.
By the time you reach menopause, the body’s production of estrogen will have significantly decreased. Low levels of estrogen are also closely tied to the skin changes that many women notice during perimenopause and menopause.
Addressing Estrogen Deficient Skin With Emepelle
Women often turn to estrogen products or medication to help improve the symptoms associated with menopause, but these options may cause unwanted side effects. Hormone replacement therapies have potential risks and are not specifically designed to have an impact on the skin. While there are non-hormonal treatments such as phyoestrogens, they lack clinical evidence.
Emepelle is the first and only skincare brand developed to address the underlying cause of Estrogen Deficient Skin with exclusive MEP Technology®. This clinically proven, unique skincare ingredient can help replenish the health and vitality of your skin for a more luminous, youthful appearance. Emepelle and its MEP Technology® are non-hormonal and are specifically designed to address the root cause of Estrogen Deficient Skin and the accelerated collagen loss and skin aging that occurs during this time. With daily use, results may be seen in as little as eight weeks.
If you have noticed changes in your skin’s appearance which may be attributed to perimenopause or menopause, feel as if your moisturizing routine is no longer as effective as it once was, or see rapid changes in your skin, you may have Estrogen Deficient Skin and, Emepelle is the solution for you.