Often, the skin can be a window to what is occurring inside your body. For women with polycystic ovary syndrome, or PCOS, this this may mean acne, hair loss, excessive facial or body hair growth, dark patches on the skin, or any combination of these issues.

PCOS-related acne often flares on the lower face, including the jawline, chin, and upper neck. Women with PCOS may notice that acne lesions are deeper, larger, and slower to resolve. Acne in PCOS usually worsens around the time of menstrual periods.

Acne is common, affecting 10–34% of people who have the condition.

Androgens play an important role in the development of acne. They cause the glands in the skin to produce an excess of an oily substance called sebum.

Acne occurs when sebum and dead skin cells build up inside hair follicles, trapping bacteria beneath the skin. This leads to inflammation and the formation of pimples.

Although acne and PCOS can be challenging and emotionally distressing to live with, you can manage them with the correct routine.

There’s no one-size-fits-all way to control PCOS-related acne. Everyone’s skin is different; one treatment plan will, vary to the next.

However, there’s a strong case to suggest a multidisciplinary approach – combining lifestyles changes, dietary improvements, supplementation, and even medication –eventually your acne will improve, just like any other symptom.

Dietary changes

Avoid dairy

Most empirical data agrees that acne is aggravated by the consumption of dairy. When we digest the proteins in milk, whey and casein, they produce a hormone similar to insulin – IGF-1. This hormone is notorious for triggering breakouts. What’s more, the hormones present in milk can interact with our own hormones, puzzling the body’s endocrine system and, as a result, causing acne. Acne isn’t always related to dairy consumption. But it’s worth experimenting to assess if it’s worsening your skin

Go low GI

Although chocolate and greasy fries have always had a bad rap when it comes to acne, it’s now widely touted that food with a high glycaemic index (the rate at which your body breaks down a carbohydrate for energy use) spike blood sugar levels and lead to inflammation in the body, which can cause acne breakouts amongst other things.

With this in mind, try to pack your diet with low GI options, like quinoa, chickpeas, lentils, brown rice, rolled oats and sprouted grain bread. Beyond this, limit your consumption of high GI culprits, such as highly-refined, processed foods: white bread, white rice, pastries, and biscuits.

Feed your gut

If you experience acne breakouts, you may not have considered the role of your digestive system.

The gut is layered with proteins that are tightly woven together at certain points. For some people, the link between the proteins can become weak and loose, leaving the gut vulnerable to the infiltration of foreign substances, like acne-causing toxins.

According to a study published in the Dermatology Online Journal, researchers positioned probiotic foods as a promising treatment for persistent pimples, as they support gut health.

Lifestyle changes

Relax- A trial published by the Archives of Dermatological Research found that stress and other aspects of modern life could lead to acne. Consider this: when your body is acutely stressed, it perceives it’s under attack and creates inflammatory cells in response. Because the inflammatory markers have swelled in number, it can activate acne flare-ups.


Omega 3

A plentiful intake of omega 3 is at the heart of any healthy lifestyle – and it’s particularly important if you’re dealing with acne breakout


Zinc is essential for your acne-fighting arsenal, contributing to the normal function of both the immune system and skin

Vitamin E

Impressively, vitamin E is the most potent antioxidant in the body

Vitamin C

Vitamin C contributes to the normal function of the immune system, collagen formation, and protection of cells from oxidative stress.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D is widely touted for its immune-nourishing properties. But did you know it may also improve skin health? Vitamin D is believed to have antimicrobial properties, which may help to clear skin.


Skin peels, hydrafcial, estGen therapy, Calming therapy, Synbiotic whichc is probiotic treatment, Retinol, IPL.

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