Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) may affect up to 21% of reproductive age, as it has estimated that 70% of women affected remain undiagnosed. The disorder characterized by ovulation dysfunction, androgen excess and multiple cysts on the ovaries.
The exact cause of polycystic ovary syndrome is unknown. Early diagnosis and treatment may reduce the risk of long-term complications, such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
There are different ways to treat PCOS symptoms, but remember there is no cure. Some ways to treat this condition is through medications and another way is through lifestyle modifications including restricted diet, exercise and weight loss are considered first-line treatment.
PCOS and skin
Many women who suffer from PCOS also suffer from acne. Their acne can be very bad with many papules and pustules and can be hard to control because of the excessive androgen in the body.
According to Women’s Health UK, the elevated androgen level associated with PCOS causes the production of DHT (Testosterone), and this leads to acne. Additionally, insulin resistance is also typically part of PCOS, and insulin resistance further increases androgen levels. This leads to even higher DHT levels triggering trigger excess oil release by the sebaceous glands. The excess oil on the skin, mixed with dead skin cells and other particles that are present, can become caught in and plug hair follicles. When these plugs are open they create blackheads, but when they are not they produce whiteheads
Although blackheads and whiteheads are skin issues that should be taken care of, the larger problem occurs when they become infected. Pimples form around infected, irritated, or otherwise inflamed hair follicles and develop into acne. Breakouts can form in a number of different ways:
- Comedones: whiteheads and blackheads
- Papules: Small, raised, and inflamed bumps
- Pustules: Red bumps with pus at the top
- Nodules: Solid lumps beneath the skin’s surface, which are often painful
- Cysts: Beneath the surface of the skin, these infections are painful and contain pus
Also, as PCOS women consume high amounts of refined carbohydrates. Refined carbohydrates have a high glycemic index and consuming them increases your blood sugar. In response to the increase, your body produces more insulin, further increasing your hormonal levels.
In short, it’s a terrible cycle that needs to be broken before clear skin can make an appearance.
Acne PCOS Treatment Plan
Treating the acne problem from the inside out
- Balance your hormones
- Low carb diet with plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, include meat and dairy.
- Drink at least 10 glasses of water every day.
- Use anti-acne ingredients in your skin care such as salicylic acid and retinol can help pores from becoming excessively clogged with dead skin cells and excess oil. I recommend “Fight PCOS” pack $300 includes 2 facials; cleanser and Medik8 retinol serum
In 6-10 weeks you should see the difference. Clearer, smoother skin with fewer pimples, and even skin tone