If you suffer from problem skin as a result of PCOS then we are here to give you a big hug (and great advice of course), because we know how frustrating and disheartening it can be.
PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome) is, in short, a hormone imbalance that causes women with the condition to produce higher than normal amounts of male hormones (testosterone).
This can cause an array of symptoms including missed menstrual periods, but in this article we’ll be talking about tips to soothe the angry, inflamed and blemish prone skin common in PCOS sufferers.
Use gentle exfoliation
Exfoliation is key to removing dead skin build up to help unclog the pores so you can start enjoying happier, clearer skin.
However, you need to treat your skin gently, as harsh exfoliants can actually aggravate your skin and make the problem worse.
Our Petal Purity Exfoliating Cleanser by Cocoon is just what you need! This excellent yet super gentle exfoliator has a non-abrasive formula and contains spherical jojoba beads to gently slough off dead skin while lavender and geranium help to purify and provide beautiful soothing relief!
Avoid hot water
We all love a steamy shower, but hot water strips your skin of all beneficial oils, leaving it parched and at an increased risk for inflammation.
Always rinse with lukewarm water to maintain your skin’s delicate moisture balance and gently pat dry with a clean, soft towel. A fluffy towel doesn’t hurt either!
Don’t skip the moisturizer
Many people who struggle with their skin have this belief that they need to avoid moisturizer as it will simply increase sebum levels in the skin.
This is so far from the truth though! By skipping moisturizer you actually put your skin at risk for more breakouts as your skin will try to compensate for the lack of oil, often by producing too much.
Never leave home without a good moisturizer like this one! Gentle, yet effective, while providing the perfect moisture balance.
Fill your diet with anti-inflammatory foods
Good skin starts on the inside after all!
These foods will help to fight internal inflammation that may be manifesting externally, all while boosting your energy levels and fighting free radicals to drastically reduce your risk of disease!
It may be tempting to wash your face multiple times a day when it’s feeling greasy, but this won’t help at all, it will simply strip your skin of much needed natural oils.
Stick to cleansing your face just twice a day. In fact, in the mornings you may want to just use some toner on a cotton pad to cleanse your face, we love this one by Apoterra. Be sure to follow up with their facial oil, a fast absorbing formula packed with ingredients that will reduce redness and inflammation all while soothing and healing troubled skin. Can be worn morning and night.
We hope these tips help you to get your skin under control so you can feel more like yourself again!