Estrogen dominance, a hormonal imbalance that occurs when the body has too much estrogen relative to progesterone, is an increasingly common issue women face today. This imbalance can lead to various physical and emotional symptoms that impact a woman’s quality of life. But have you ever wondered how estrogen dominance affects your skin? In this blog post, we’ll explore the connection between estrogen dominance and skin health. We’ll also explain the potential causes and give practical tips on reducing its effects and achieving a radiant complexion.

What is estrogen?

Estrogen is a group of steroid hormones primarily responsible for developing and regulating the female reproductive system and secondary sexual characteristics. It plays a crucial role in women’s health, including menstrual cycle regulation, breast development, and bone health. Although estrogen is predominantly found in females, it is also present in males in smaller amounts, where it helps regulate libido, sperm production, and bone health.

There are three main types of estrogen: estradiol, estriol, and estrone. Estradiol is the most potent and prevalent form of estrogen in women of reproductive age, while estriol is mainly produced during pregnancy, and estrone is the primary form of estrogen in postmenopausal women. Estrogen is primarily produced in the ovaries but is also synthesized in smaller amounts by the adrenal glands, fat tissue, and the placenta during pregnancy.

How does estrogen dominance affect the skin?

estrogen dominance leads to hyperpigmentation

Estrogen is crucial in maintaining healthy skin by promoting collagen production, hydration, and elasticity. However, when estrogen levels are too high compared to progesterone, it can lead to several skin-related issues:

  1. Acne: Estrogen dominance can trigger an overproduction of oil in the skin, leading to clogged pores, inflammation, and acne breakouts.
  2. Premature aging: Excess estrogen can accelerate the breakdown of collagen and elastin fibers, resulting in fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin.
  3. Hyperpigmentation: Hormonal fluctuations caused by estrogen dominance can lead to an overproduction of melanin, causing dark spots and uneven skin tone.
  4. Dryness and sensitivity: An imbalance of hormones can disrupt the skin’s natural barrier function, making it more prone to dryness, irritation, and inflammation.

For more information, check out NAA Advisory Board member, Jennifer Fugo’s Healthy Skin Show podcast episode about how estrogen dominance affects the skin.

What causes estrogen dominance?

It can be caused by a variety of factors, including anovulatory cycles, peri-menopause, PCOS, stress, inflammation, and other hormonal imbalances.

Other factors, including unhealthy diet and lifestyle choices, can also contribute to estrogen dominance–the good news is that many of these can be changed. Eating an unbalanced diet that is high in processed foods, refined carbohydrates, and saturated fats can lead to elevated estrogen levels. Additionally, consuming high amounts of alcohol and caffeine can also contribute to estrogen dominance.

Certain lifestyle choices can also increase the risk of estrogen dominance. For example, not getting enough sleep or exercise can disrupt hormone balance in the body and cause an excess of estrogen. Stress is another factor that can increase estrogen levels in the body due to its effect on cortisol production.

Making healthy lifestyle choices is essential to reduce your risk of developing estrogen dominance. Eating a balanced diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables, exercising regularly, getting enough sleep, and managing stress are all important steps you can take to maintain a healthy hormone balance in your body.

How to address estrogen dominance holistically

Estrogen dominance can lead to a variety of internal health symptoms as well, including bloating, rapid weight gain, breast tenderness, mood swings, and heavy menstrual bleeding. Fortunately, there are several ways to address estrogen dominance holistically.

cruciferous vegetables help lower estrogen levels naturally

The first step is to avoid environmental estrogens (or xenoestrogens) as much as possible. These chemicals mimic the effects of estrogen in the body and can contribute to an imbalance. Examples include certain plastics, pesticides, synthetic fragrances, and certain preservatives in skincare and personal care products.

In addition, certain supplements may help reduce estrogen levels in the body. Diindolylmethane (DIM), sulforaphane, and calcium-D-glucarate are all popular options for those looking to address estrogen dominance naturally. Herbal treatments such as milk thistle, dandelion root, and burdock may help heal from estrogen dominance naturally. Make sure you consult with a qualified healthcare or nutrition professional for dosing advice before starting herbs or dietary supplements.

Having an active lifestyle and exercising regularly can also be beneficial for reducing body fat percentage and helping balance hormones naturally. Eating more fiber is another great way to support your liver’s breakdown of estrogen. Nuts and seeds make great snacks that provide both fiber and healthy fats. Cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, kale, and brussels sprouts have been shown to help naturally reduce elevated estrogen levels in studies.

Overall, it’s important to take a holistic approach when addressing estrogen dominance by avoiding environmental estrogens, eating a balanced diet with plenty of fiber-rich foods, exercising regularly, and considering natural supplements or herbal treatments if needed.

Estrogen dominance can significantly impact your skin’s health and appearance, but there are steps you can take to mitigate its effects.

happy women with fresh vegetables

By eating organic food whenever possible, limiting animal product consumption, exercising regularly, and supplementing with herbs and micronutrients, you can help balance your hormones and improve your skin and overall health. Remember to consult with a healthcare professional before making any major changes to your diet or lifestyle. By taking proactive measures to address estrogen dominance, you’ll be well on your way to achieving healthy, glowing skin.

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