What Women Need to Know About Acne and PCOS

The Facts about Acne and PCOS

You're a grown woman who never suffered acne in your teen years. Why in the world are you suddenly breaking out? If you're an adult who is suddenly afflicted with acne breakouts, it probably has nothing to do with skin care and everything to do with hormones. You may need to seek treatment for PCOS.

What is PCOS?

PCOS stands for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. It's a condition that causes hormonal imbalances in women, and these hormonal imbalances oftentimes result in sudden acne breakouts.

Estimates show that up to 30 percent of women may suffer from PCOS. Until recently, it was one of the most undiagnosed or misdiagnosed conditions affecting women. Women who suffer from PCOS tend to produce more androgens (male hormones) in the skin. The skin then produces more oil, which in turn results in acne breakouts.

Fighting Acne and PCOS

While there is no cure for PCOS, you can treat it and fight the acne breakouts. Oftentimes women who suffer from PCOS find a diet that is low in sugar and refined carbs helps curb the affects of the condition. Taking a prescription called Glucophage (also known as Metformin) has also been proven to curb the affects of PCOS and lessen the acne breakouts in women suffering from it.

Do You Have PCOS?

So how do you know if you have PCOS? Adult acne is one of the signs to look for, but there are others as well. Women who suffer from PCOS usually also suffer from weight gain, facial hair, irregular menstruation and ovarian cysts.

If you think you have PCOS, your doctor will want to run some blood work and may even want to see an ultrasound to detect the presence of ovarian cysts (although not all women with PCOS actually have cysts on their ovaries).

If you are diagnosed with PCOS then diet, exercise and prescription medications can help alleviate your acne condition.

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