Estrogen plays a role in the regulation of the menstrual cycle and the maturation of the reproductive system. (1) Aside from that, it helps give you a luscious head of hair, curvaceous body form, and it improves the collagen content of the skin.
Now, because your body is having a hormonal imbalance during menopause, everything goes crazy.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology Association, women’s skin loses about 30% of its collagen during the first 5 years of menopause, then 2% yearly after that for the next 20 years. (2)
So yes, from perimenopause to menopause, everything goes downhill. We know that collagen has youthful effects on the skin. When your collagen stores are depleted, you see more aging skin concerns creep up such as hollowing of the skin, cellulite, fine lines and wrinkles, and the loss of tone of the skin.