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If you have been diagnosed with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), you may experience a variety of its associated symptoms, including acne. Did you know that almost 30% of women with PCOS suffer from acne? You are not alone. There are many treatments that can help alleviate PCOS-related acne.

One key PCOS symptom is having high hormone levels. Hormones called androgens (which tend to increase testosterone in women with PCOS) play a large role in the development of acne. Also known as “hormonal acne”, you may find that PCOS-related acne flares occur on the lower half of your face, jawline, chin, and above the neck. Apart from increase hormonal activity, acne can also occur from stress and general inflammation.

Treatment Options for PCOS Acne

Water- Before considering medication, focus on your water intake. Many times, skin produces excess oils or becomes dry if you do not drink enough water. Try drinking at least 64 oz daily and see how your skin reacts!

Stress- It can be frustrating that stress causes so many issues! If you are noticing hormonal acne from stress (which can cause “general inflammation”), it may be time to start a new meditation routine, focusing on getting 8 hours of sleep each night, speaking to a therapist, or rearranging your schedule to enable more self-care and relaxation time.

Oral Contraceptives- Some contraceptive pills can help to treat acne by regulating hormone production and decreasing testosterone. Talk to your OBGYN doctor to learn more about which contraceptive is right for you.

Medications- Spironolactone and Flutamine may also treat PCOS acne. A dermatologist will be able to guide you in the right direction.

Check out our main page to read more about foods to avoid, foods to eat, and how to make easy changes as part of a healthy PCOS diet.

 

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