Skincare in PCOS
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a hormonal disorder that affects females of childbearing age. People with PCOS often have imbalances in the levels of reproductive hormones such as FSH, LH, estrogen, and progesterone as well as increased levels of androgens (male hormones in our bodies). This imbalance contributes to various skin changes.
PCOS can cause the following skin problems:
You may have hormonal pimples on the lower face – jaw, chin, lips, and upper neck. Acne can occur in the form of pustules and blackheads. It can also be nodular or cystic acne, a serious form of acne that is very painful.
Hirsutism means excessive hair growth on different parts of your body. You can improve the hair on the lower part of your faces such as the upper lip and chin. The length and strength of your sidelocks can increase. Apart from this, you may notice hair growth on your body, especially in the chest, back, or navel.
High levels of insulin in the body can lead to acanthosis nigricans which means the skin has hyperpigmentation. In this case, your skin will be darker and darker or it will be harder to texture. It can occur in the nape of your neck, armpits, and inner thighs.
As PCOS leads to a hyperandrogenic state so it can cause androgenetic alopecia, i.e., hormonal hair loss. You will see baldness in the middle, that is, your hair will be thin.
What treatments are available for skin problems?
PCOS treatment and PCOS-related skin disorders are compatible. Therefore, visit a gynecologist and dermatologist. Your PCOS treatment plan will depend on the source of your condition. However, to manage skin problems, your dermatologist will recommend a combination of medications, lifestyle changes, and daily skincare procedures that you should follow.
What are the lifestyle changes for skin problems due to PCOS?
You can not only rely on treating your skin problems. Getting used to important lifestyle changes will also help your treatment process.
Remove the excess pressure
PCOS can cause severe physical and mental stress. You may suffer from general mood swings that can affect the quality of your daily life. Frequent stress can lead to cracking of your face and hair as well. Therefore, manage stress to prevent its effects on your skin and hair. There are many techniques available that can help you calm your senses like meditation and yoga to name a few. Take your time every day to practice what you love.
Eating healthy and nutritious food will make a big difference. What you eat is important. Following these simple dietary guidelines will make a life-changing difference if you suffer from PCOS.
- Eat clean, fresh, and home-cooked food.
- Avoid refined flour products.
- Eat at least three healthy foods at a time.
- Avoid sugary foods.
- Do not take junk food.
- Avoid using animal milk. You can have dairy products like cheese, curd, etc. If you wish to have dairy products such as tea or coffee, use plant-based milk such as almond milk or soy milk.
- Take two leaves of saffron and boil them in one cup of water for 15 minutes. Drink it on an empty stomach every day.
- Get enough sleep. For at least 7-8 hours of uninterrupted sleep, sound sleep is essential if you have PCOS-related skin problems. When we sleep, our body gets enough time to recover. We will feel younger and less stressed the next day. We should sleep at least 11 PM every night.
70% of women with PCOS have weight gain problems. Therefore, if you exercise regularly to control your weight, it may help to manage some of the symptoms of PCOS. Experts recommend doing 20 minutes of strenuous exercise, cardio exercise, or strength yoga daily.
Skincare must be a part of our daily routine. You should have a separate day and night skincare routine to manage your skin issues. Incorporating these small changes would make a lot of difference to your skin.
- Wash your face twice a day. You can wash it up to three times.
- The whole procedure of facewash should be completed within 30 seconds. Overwashing can take off natural oils and make your face dry and irritated.
- After each workout, wash your hair and face post-workout.
- Apply sunscreen twice a day- in the morning and in the afternoon but not at night.
- If you apply makeup, don’t forget to remove it before going to sleep.
- Keep your makeup tools clean at all times.
- Change your pillowcases after every two days because they are a hub for dust and oil secretion.
- Sanitize your phone regularly as it is in constant contact with your face if you do not use headphones.
- Make a habit to drink at least 2 liters of water every day. Maintaining good hydration detoxifies yourself and reduces acne.
Following are a few recommendations to help you choose the right products:
• If you have oily skin, start using a salicylic acid-based face wash.
• If you have acne, go to a dermatologist who will prescribe you medicines. You can even use benzoyl peroxide 2.5% gel to treat acne.
• Use a medicated sunscreen that has at least SPF 30 or above with PA++, PA+++ or PA++++.
• If you are not suffering from acne, you can use a retinol night cream and Vitamin C in your day-care along with your sunscreen.
Following are a few don’ts to remember if you have skin concerns.
• Do not self-diagnose; always consult a dermatologist.
• Do not keep changing the products, be patient.
With PCOS how to choose the right makeup products?
The kind of makeup products will depend on your skin type. If you have oily skin Opt for fluid or gel-based products.
• Always select a foundation that is silicone-free, dry touch, and produces less oil. You can do a tissue paper test to check if the new product has oil or not. For that, apply the new product on tissue paper and leave it for about half an hour. If it has oil, it will transfer on the tissue paper.
• Do not apply a thick layer of foundation over the face. It can clog the pores.
• For daily makeup, use tinted creams or tinted sunscreen.
• Buy makeup products that are dry on touch, non-comedogenic, and hypoallergenic.
If you have dry skin
• Opt for hydration products that have a milky or creamy consistency.
Apart from these points, remember to apply for your acne medicines before doing makeup. Do not do heavy layering of makeup; always keep it light.
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