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 this condition can be.
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a condition in which the ovaries produce an abnormal amount of androgens, male sex hormones that are usually present in women in small amounts. The name polycystic ovary syndrome describes the numerous small cysts (fluid-filled sacs) that form in the ovaries.
This can cause an array of symptoms including missed menstrual periods and many other painful experiences, 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.
Cocoon Apothecary's Petal Purity Exfoliating Cleanser by Cocoon is a perfect cleanser for these skin needs! 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.
Always start the day with a good moisturizer like Zyderma's Clarifying Cream. The unique combination of skin-nurturing ingredients and micronized silver care for and help soothe the skin, promoting the skin’s own natural healing process, helping to regulate the skin flora, and reducing harmful bacteria.
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. Using a toner will provide your skin with the astringency it needs, plus impart balancing and anti-inflammatory oils to soothe skin. But be sure to follow up with a facial serum, with 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. However, as oils can feel like they sit on the skin, be sure to spritz with the toner first, to speed up absorption of the oil; let's avoid the 'slick' look!
It’s important to know that even the best PCOS acne treatment will do little without a good skin care routine. Make sure you stay consistent and wash your face at the end of the day; in the morning too, if you feel you need it. Follow up cleansing with your toner and moisturizer. And it goes without saying, avoid picking and scratching blemishes.
We hope these tips help offer you some relief and comfort. PCOS is a struggle for so many. But remember that acne isn’t the only PCOS symptom you may deal with. Keep your doctor informed about any new or unusual symptoms.