PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) causes several skin-related symptoms, including oily skin, acne, skin tags, and dark velvety skin patches known as acanthosis nigricans. More than one in five women suffer from PCOS. It’s said it’s the number one health condition facing women today so it’s no wonder that it has such an impact on skin health.
Whilst you might be able to hide the pain in your tummy or the irregularity of your menstrual cycle; seeing your skin breakout with blemishes, become irritated or start to change in texture is not only uncomfortable but an undeniable sign that something is not quite right..
These skin imbalances can affect your self esteem, so it’s important to learn how to manage it from both the inside and the outside.
So, what’s going on? These are some of the underlying causes of PCOS and acne:
- Nutrient deficiencies or malabsorption – your body may be lacking vital nutrients
- Eating food that you are intolerant to
- The wrong exercise or type of movement
- Inadequate rest and sleep
- Low thyroid function
- Low adrenal function
- Poor liver detoxification
- Poor microbiome (gut bacteria) balance
- Your mental health (are you too stressed, too busy, anxious?)
- Your genetics
- Medications – while you may be taking medication for some of your symptoms, they may adversely affect your skin health.
Here’s the great news! You have all the power to help your body to have beautiful, glowing skin.
How to love your skin again:
- Food as medicine – Learn how to use food to work with your body.
- Restore gut function – Repair any underlying gut dysfunction, so the nutrients your skin needs to function properly are available and better absorbed.
- Movement as medicine – Learn how to exercise to promote a healthy, strong body. Sometimes we do too much and stress our body out more, and sometimes we don’t do enough causing a poor metabolism, low motivation and poor sleep. Every type of movement has a hormonal response.
- Cravings awareness – Learn how to better manage cravings so you can improve the impact that insulin has on your skin.
- Clean skin – Use plant based ingredients to support and nourish your skin from the outside. Get your Face Essentials Pack here to get started.
- Support community – Surround yourself with like-minded women who understand what you’re going through.
Whatever skin-related symptoms you’re experiencing, I want to assure you that there is hope. If you’re noticing big changes in your skin’s appearance it might be worthwhile investigating what’s going on with your hormones. Some further investigation of your hormones can be extremely informative. Want to learn more? Book your 15 minute complimentary consultation here.
Sharma S et al., 2019. Efficacy of Metformin in the Treatment of Acne in Women with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome: A Newer Approach to Acne Therapy. The Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology. 12, 5, 34-38.
Boyle J & Teese HF. 2012. Polycystic ovary syndrome. Australian Family Physician. 41, 10, 752-756.