PCOS and Acne

I’ve never shared my own personal skincare struggles so it’s time you all understand where my passion for helping others with their skincare comes from. When I was 9 years old I was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). As a teen I dealt with Grade II Acne. When I got older I continued to struggle with Grade II Adult Acne.

I have the education and experience to help those reach their skincare goals. Anyone fighting PCOS knows that our hormones are always changing and out of control so we always have our gloves on to fight this syndrome.

Know the signs and don’t cake on the makeup if you don’t have a clean canvas. You deserve beautiful skin! Feel free to visit my health page @teamcarline to read more about my story.

Do you have PCOS? Are you battling acne? Don’t feel helpless. Here are some skincare tips:

  • wash your face twice a day
  • invest in a gentle facial brush
  • exfoliate and treat yourself to a home mask once a week
  • change your bed sheet once a week
  • exercise
  • change your diet

What does acne occur? There are a few factors as to why women with PCOS experience acne.

  1. Build-up of dead skin cells.
  2. Infected pore caused by P. acne bacteria.
  3. Sebaceous glands become overactive due to high testosterone.
  4. General inflammation.

What can be done to manage these factors?

Start with the tips I shared above. Manage your testosterone levels by changing your lifestyle. Adjust your diet to avoid dairy, processed foods, etc. Similar to a Paleo lifestyle. You want to consume foods that are anti-inflammatory, such as cruciferous vegetables, kelp, wild salmon, blueberries, extra virgin olive oil, turmeric, ginger, garlic, green tea, and sweet potatoes — to name a few. Add vitamins, minerals and super foods that will help reduce the testosterone levels and inflammation such as Zinc and Vitamin B6. I personally consume Shakeology which contains a long list of beneficial vitamins, minerals and super foods. It is a certified Low Glycemic shake and it taste great.

If the holistic approach is not working for you then I would seek a few different specialist depending on what your insurance may approve you for. First, I would suggest going to a specialized Endocrinologist with PCOS experience. Trust me they are out there! If not then work with your OB/Gyn and/or dermatologist along with your primary care physician (PCP) to come up with the best plan for you. Remember that your OB/Gyn, dermatologist and PCP don’t always have experience or specialize in PCOS so they may just generalize treatment. If you ever feel uncomfortable with their treatment plan then seek another opinion. Some common prescriptions a doctor may prescribe are birth control pills or Spironolactone.

If you have any questions please feel free to comment below or contact me. If you suffer from PCOS and have tips you would like to share on what works for you and the acne you are battling we would love to hear it.

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*Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional or registered dietician/nutritionist. I simply have been sharing my personal experience with PCOS and my expertise as a skincare professional.

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