PCOS skincare is a tricky subject because it feels like it’s out of your control. Many people who suffer from Polycystic Ovary Syndrome suffer with skin issues, like acne.
The good news?
You can tackle it and you are in control of your skin’s health.
What is PCOS?
Before we get into the skincare tips we need to understand what PCOS actually is. To do so, I’ll be taking some information from the NHS website, to ensure this information is accurate. Alternatively, you can click here to read directly from them.
PCOS is a pretty common condition that affects women, where ovulation sometimes does not happen. This is due to underdeveloped sacs which don’t release an egg.
The cause of PCOS is not known but it is thought to be genetic.
One of the first indicators of PCOS is irregular periods (although this could be attributed to various things).
To be 100% sure you have PCOS you need to see a doctor who can test your androgen (male hormones), which tend to be in excess if you have PCOS.
There are ways to treat PCOS and if you think you have it, you need to see a doctor to be sure and to start treatment.
Unfortunately, PCOS affects your skin too. Here are a few tips that can help you get in control of your skin.
PCOS Skincare Tips
To treat PCOS-related acne, you need to think about treating the underlying hormonal imbalance.
Treatments can include:
– Oral contraceptives which may help stabilize your hormone levels throughout your entire menstrual cycle.
– Retinoids, especially prescription-strength options.
– Anti-androgen drugs which are prescription medications that decrease testosterone levels. Those who have PCOS may create too much testosterone which can lease to an increase sebum and skin cell production and therefore acne.
Please note you have to see a dermatologist or doctor to be prescribed these treatments.
A generalise skincare routine for those who suffer with PCOS
A gentle cleansing balm to remove makeup and oil without causing irritation.
A second lightweight, hydrating cleanser to balance oil production.
A salicylic or mandelic acid toner to chemically exfoliate the skin.
A retinol treatment to help cellular turnover.
A lightweight nourishing cream.
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