Modern-day lifestyle has led us to believe that our success comes first. That is why we put our body through a lot more than it can take so that we can breathe the air at the top of the success ladder. As a result, a lot of mental and physical disorders have come up more in the past few years than ever.
Although there is no clear reason as to why PCOS occurs in a certain person, it is either hereditary or due to an unhealthy lifestyle. Since there are no direct fatal effects there isn’t much awareness on this disorder and its symptoms.
Since PCOS is a hormonal condition one of the main effects of PCOS is acne. This is due to the drop in levels of estrogen and progesterone in the body, which can lead to acne on the below third-part of your face.
Let’s get to know how PCOS can cause acne and a know a bit more about PCOS and how we can get rid of PCOS.
What Is PCOS?
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome or PCOS is a condition which leads to enlarged ovaries, or formation of cysts on the ovaries. It is due to hormonal imbalance in the body and leads to irregularities in the menstrual and ovulation cycle. Along with these changes, many unwanted changes come due to switching in the hormonal balance in the body like excess hair growth, obesity, low blood sugar levels, cholesterol, etc.
Some of the major symptoms of PCOS include:
- Irregular and painful periods.
- Excess hair growth on face, chest and other prominent body parts.
- Weight Gain.
- Patches of dark skins.
- Infertility or irregularities in the ovulation cycle.
These symptoms show a pattern, which helps us to determine very easily recognize PCOS. There are numerous ways you can treat PCOS ranging from hormone balance using pills to surgery. There are also a wide number of tests that can determine the exact reason for PCOS and help you to make sure that you take the step in the right direction to remedy it.
Common Treatments For PCOS
- Surgery Or Ovary Drilling: If you have PCOS due to hereditary reasons, no amount of treatment is most likely to help you. In this process, you drill little holes in your ovaries and restore your ovulation cycle back to normal.
- Birth Control Pills: These pills are an excellent option to restore the levels on estrogen and progesterone in the body. Thus, it will help to get rid of androgen and make sure that you have a regulated menstrual and ovulatory cycle.
- Metformin: If you have PCOS due to your unhealthy lifestyle, metformin will help you lower your insulin level. It is a drug that is used to treat type 2 diabetes but it can be extremely helpful in PCOS. It will help you attack the problem at its roots.
- Clomiphene: This drug will help pregnant women avoid any complications during the pregnancy. It does have a side effect of increasing the chances of multiple birth.
- Hair Removal Medicines: Excess hair growth is one of the most unwanted symptoms of PCOS. Hair removal medicines will help you keep your confidence alive when you are dealing with the pain of PCOS.
Let’s get into PCOS and one of its most painful symptom- Acne.
Why Does PCOS Lead To Acne?
The cysts that sit on the ovaries in PCOS secrete hormones called androgen and testosterone, which are the hormones responsible for male sexual development. In PCOS, the levels of these hormones rise in the body leading to acne.
The skin cells in a woman’s face are far more sensitive than males. That is why a slight change in testosterone levels in the female body can have a very rash reaction on skin.
Another reason why PCOS has acne is that PCOS can lead to a rise in insulin levels in the blood. A lot of women who suffer from diabetes suffer from PCOS. So, PCOS can also be a side effect of diabetes and your acne can also be a symptom for diabetes. So, take the necessary test to be sure.
What Are The Ways To Treat Acne?
We have incredibly advanced medical sciences that have developed numerous ways to treat acne. There is both natural and artificial solution that will help you get rid of acne.
- Apple Cider Vinegar.
- Zinc Supplements.
- Honey and cinnamon masks.
- Spot treat with tea tree oil.
- Green Tea
- Witch Hazel.
- Aloe vera.
- Fish Oil
Artificial treatments mostly include a different combination of chemicals or cosmetic treatments. There are various surgical ways that are used to get around acne scars as well. But all of these treatments only treat the existing acne.
Here are a few treatments that are used for curing acne
- Benzoyl Peroxide.
- Hormone Therapy.
- Salicylic acid.
How To Cure Acne Of PCOS?
Expect from HRT, which will cost you a fortune, none of the above ways can help you with hormonal acne. The acne that you get due to PCOS is due to hormonal imbalance in the body, hence the surface treatments won’t work here.
Surface treatments will help you get rid of the acne temporarily. As the hormone imbalance stays, there is a chance you will get that acne back.
Usually, doctors and physicians suggest birth control as a method to treat hormonal acne. But you cannot just use any birth control pills. You have to choose a pill, or a combination of pills bases on your hormonal conditions and imbalance.
Birth control pills will help you to restore the levels of estrogen and progesterone in the body. These hormones are responsible for the women sexual development and in turn will reduce the levels of androgen and testosterone in the body.
As the acne in PCOS is a result of high levels of androgen, the acne will disappear, and you won’t have to worry about scars.
As the acne is very common in the young girls with PCOS, it will help you get through college and high school without being bullied and embarrassed. It will help you radiate the confidence and clarity on your face that you have in your brain and heart.