Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is one of the most common hormonal disorders impacting women. In some populations, it impacts 3-10% of all women.
The symptoms get in the way of everyday life. They mean irregular periods, weight gain, hair where you don't want it, and thinning hair where you do. Oily skin and acne are also common symptoms, but PCOS acne isn't your common pimples. It's often painful, cystic acne.
PCOS skin care requires more than simply choosing any old cleanser and moisturizer and hoping for the best. Here's how we help patients deal with their cystic acne and protect their skin while dealing with all the symptoms of PCOS.
Step 1: Control Your Hormones
Dealing with PCOS acne can be frustrating because it requires more than washing your face. If the true cause of your breakouts is PCOS, then you'll struggle to heal it without treating the underlying hormonal imbalance.
Many women turn to combination birth control pills (progestin norgestimate, drospirenone, and norethindrone acetate) to stabilise their hormones and control their acne. However, not all cases are straightforward. Depending on your hormone panels, you may need different prescriptions, such as an anti-androgen to decrease your testosterone levels.
Without controlling your hormones, you can't control your acne.
PCOS is a common cause of acne, but it's also only one of the causes. So, talk to your dermatologist or your general physician to learn more about the potential causes of cystic acne.
Step 2: Heal Your Acne
Few women find that the products available in Boots or even at beauty counters are enough to handle their cystic acne.
If your acne isn't budging, it may be time to see a dermatologist. Many women with stubborn cystic acne turn to prescription medications like oral isotretinoin (Accutane) to help stop their acne. Accutane is a specialist treatment, so you'll need a referral from your GP unless you find a private dermatologist.
Step 3: Reverse Your Scars
Cystic acne leaves behind deep scars that change the surface and texture of your skin.
The good news is that you don't need to live with these scars forever. Once your acne heals, you can use professional microneedling in Birmingham to reduce the appearance of your scars and finally heal your skin.
Microneedling is a critical part of PCOS skin care because the treatment kick-starts your skin's natural regeneration process. Once your skin begins to heal, the scars won't come back. However, you can continue to use microneedling as you age to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Are You Getting What You Need from PCOS Skin Care?
Living with PCOS means that buying a cleanser and toner from the high street probably won't mean much for your skin. Healing your cystic acne requires you to get your hormones under control before you can even think about getting rid of the spots.
The good news is that you don't need to live with the spots or the scars. Microneedling is an important part of PCOS skin care because it regenerates your skin after your battle with cystic acne.
Are you ready for brighter, clearer skin? Dr. Aesthetica can help. Get in touch to learn more about how we help women with PCOS enjoy their best skin ever.