How To Deal With PCOS Acne?

Oct 28, 2022

Dr Rati Parwani

How To Deal With PCOS Acne?

One in 5 women of reproductive age suffers from polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). PCOS causes many symptoms like irregular menses, mood swings, hair loss, and a skin condition called ACNE. Awareness about PCOS is a must among females to eliminate this condition with correct measures. Knowing the causative factor of PCOS acne can help deal with the condition from the root cause of the problem. 

Today, in  this blog we are going to discuss one such skin condition which is called PCOS acne. This PCOS acne can be controlled with correct lifestyle changes. There is a deep-rooted connection between PCOS acne and hormonal imbalance. 

Let us give you some insights on PCOS acne and before we dive into this let us know all about PCOS issues in detail.

What is PCOS?

PCOS is Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome which is a lifestyle disorder. This is a condition that causes an imbalance of hormones which leads to a syndrome affecting the physical and mental levels. This may cause- 

  • Irregular menses
  • Hair Loss
  • Acne
  • Weight gain
  • Mood swings 

Because of this hormonal imbalance, more than one-third of women deal with a skin condition called PCOS acne which is quite difficult to treat. It is important to know that PCOS acne is an external manifestation of the internal problem of hormonal imbalance. 

Let us understand the connection between PCOS and acne.

The connection between PCOS and Acne

PCOS is a disease that causes ovaries to produce androgens or male hormones such as testosterone and dehydroepiandrosterone DHEA. Excess androgens play a key role in the formation of acne through various forms-

Sebum production

Androgen secretion leads to hormonal imbalance which can clog pores and result in the formation of pimples.

Dead skin build-up

Androgen hormones can decrease the cell turnover in your pores causing dead skin and oil buildup which can clog pores.

Stress

An increase in stress can cause the formation of cortisol hormones. This release of cortisol may cause hormonal imbalance in the body which can result in worsening the skin.

High levels of sugar

The increase in the formation of blood sugar levels is quite common in women. This causes hyperinsulinemia and triggers the release of androgen which results in acne.

Bacteria

Excessive sebum production may lead to clogged pores and cause the formation of bacteria. This may lead to inflammation and the formation of cystic acne. 

These processes can aggravate and trigger the formation of PCOS acne resulting in inflammatory conditions. PCOS acne is quite different from regular acne.

Symptoms of PCOS Induced Acne 

PCOS Induced acne shows the following indications- 

  • Caused due to hormonal imbalance
  • Characterized by cystic acne
  • Recurrent cropping up of acne every month during menses
  • Acne scars that do not heal completely
  • Present mostly around jaws, chin, and cheeks
  • Itching and redness of acne-affected skin

Prevention of the PCOS acne

PCOS acne can be taken care of by following measures which are as follows - 

  • Control of stress
  • Eating healthy diet
  • Say “No” to alcohol and smoking
  • Say “No” to oily foods and sugary foods
  • Exercise regularly
  • Practice yoga and meditation
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Avoid picking pimples
  • Wash your face with a gentle cleanser twice daily
  • Use products based on your skin type
  • Choose natural skincare products which are paraben free
  • Follow the CTM procedure with a regular skincare routine
  • Exfoliate your skin once weekly 
Follow these preventive measures for healthy lifestyle practices which can keep PCOS acne at bay. Well, there are bonus brownie points for following these tips. While treating PCOS acne, it also helps treat internal conditions of PCOS with healthy lifestyle practices.

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