Polycystic ovary syndrome or PCOS, a hormonal disorder commonly occurring among women, while characterized by the enlarged ovaries and occurrence of multiple cysts surrounding them, come with another body concern: acne.
Since PCOS mainly involves the ovaries, it affects the hormones that originate in these parts such as estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. These are the “sex hormones” involved in breast development, fat distribution, sex drive, hair growth, and fertility, among others.
Ideally, estrogen and progesterone are more dominant among women. Conversely, testosterone is higher for men. For those with PCOS, however, there is a drop in estrogen and progesterone and a spike in testosterone. These create changes and skin imbalances internally and externally. As a result, women with PCOS usually suffer from sudden weight gain, facial hairs, oily skin, body acne, vaginal dryness, skin hyperpigmentation, and moderate to severe cystic facial acne. These are the results of hormonal imbalances.
“Worrying about how you look when your reproductive health is at risk is not shallow. The need for affirmation and support is understandable, especially when the body experiences some unwelcome and uncontrollable changes… Your concerns about stress, hormones, and acne are all interconnected.”
Worrying about how you look when your reproductive health is at risk is not shallow. The need for affirmation and support is understandable, especially when the body experiences some unwelcomed and uncontrollable changes.
Over the years, the literature regarding PCOS has slowly grown from the physiological part to its psychological aspect. Albeit still limited, a recurring theme emerged when it comes to mental health: the susceptibility to or the presence of stress, depression, and anxiety among those with this hormonal disorder.
The question is this: how does this relate to the skin?
PCOS already disrupts the levels of hormones in your body which triggers the appearance of acne. This can affect your mental health and stress you out. As we all know, stress is among the primary culprits of acne. If you do not feel good about yourself, the condition of your skin may worsen. Your mental health may be deteriorating already because of PCOS, the discontentment about your physical appearance can only further affect your confidence and anxiety. Your concerns about stress, hormones, and acne are all interconnected.
Of course, your gynecologist will be key in helping to balance your hormones. Melanopeel takes care of the skin-transformation part for you. See below for our top proven PCOS skin solutions.
The good news is that Melanopeel has real solutions to help your PCOS-related acne. Of course, your gynecologist will be key in helping to balance your hormones. We take care of the skin-transformation part for you. Part of dealing with PCOS may involve taking oral contraceptives or birth control pills and anti-androgen medications to regulate your hormones.
We carry a range of some of the best serums, creams & treatments to reverse the signs of PCOS. These include active ingredients like mandelic, salicylic, azelaic, glycolic, lactic, retinoids and niacinamide to name a few. You can also explore a multitude of Melanopeel products to best incorporate into your skincare routine.
Another way to treat your acne is by eating anti-inflammatory food and taking our Skin Infusion Supplements that can reduce your breakouts. Some food examples are berries, tomatoes, kale, garlic, and turmeric. These are not guaranteed treatments but may contribute to having clearer skin.
Finally, for dealing with both PCOS and your acne, try to engage in activities that make you feel good about yourself. Reduce your stress level and take care of yourself. PCOS? Acne? These can be managed by Melanopeel so do not sweat it!
Highly Recommended Treatments For PCOS Skin
Key actives: Mandelic, salicylic, retinol, TCA, & skin lighteners. Our holistic approach to acne ensures that we also consider our skin-complex supplements to help manage internal skin inflammation. Please see your Melanopeel clinic for full recommendations of cleansers, toners, and other treatments for clearer skin.
Our top recommendations:
- Mandelic-TCA Renewal Serum for fresher, brighter clear skin.
- Mandelic Ultra Peel Pads with TCA for increased skin turnover.
- Mandelic Salicylic Retinol Serum for sebum control.
- Melanostat Retinol Toning Pads for skin lightening dark spots.
- Clear Skin Supplements for internal inflammation.
- Ceramide Drop Supplements for internal skin balancing.