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Conquering PCOS Acne: Your Comprehensive Guide to Clearer Skin

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) can lead to hormonal imbalances in the body, which can contribute to the development of acne (specifically around the jawline and mouth). I spent my early twenties trying EVERYTHING to get rid of my PCOS acne – including covering my acne in toothpaste every night. I DO NOT recommend this strategy, the toothpaste ended up burning my skin and it was not great!


Green face mask

It took me a while to realise that treating PCOS-related acne involves addressing both the underlying hormonal issues (hello elevated testosterone levels) and managing the skin condition itself. At the time I was under a lot of stress and spending a lot of time out drinking with friends (because that’s what you do in your early twenties right), followed by unhealthy food to help cure the hangover and then extreme exercising to cure the guilt.


Once I made lifestyle changes to lower testosterone levels and adopted a consistent skin care regime (free of toothpaste), my skin cleared up and I haven’t struggled since – except the odd pimple that shows up occasionally when it’s that time of the month.


Here are some strategies you can consider if you’re struggling with PCOS acne:


Consult a dietitian or dermatologist: Before starting any treatment, it's important to consult a healthcare provider, preferably one who specializes in PCOS or dermatology. They can help diagnose your condition and recommend a tailored treatment plan.


Balanced diet: Focus on a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains. Limit processed foods and sugar, as these can exacerbate acne for some individuals.


Exercise: Regular physical activity can help manage insulin resistance and improve hormonal balance. Remember that even 10 minutes makes a difference.


Stress management: High-stress levels can exacerbate acne. Practice stress-reduction techniques like meditation, yoga, or deep breathing exercises.


Good quality skin care products: Look for products that contain ingredients such as benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid or alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), these help unclog pores, reduce inflammation and prevent breakouts.


Skincare routine: Establishing a consistent skincare routine is crucial for managing acne. Use a gentle cleanser and a non-comedogenic (won't clog pores) moisturizer daily. Avoid harsh or abrasive scrubs that can irritate the skin.


Professional skincare treatments: Consider dermatological treatments like chemical peels, microdermabrasion, or laser therapy, which can help improve acne and acne scars.


Be patient: Treating PCOS-related acne can take time, and it may take a few weeks to see improvement. Stick to your treatment plan and follow your healthcare provider's advice.


These are some of the products I use and absolutely love, they have been a game changer for my skin:


Skin & Me - They create a tailored product for you, taking the fact that you have PCOS into consideration. Use CODE: BBJRELF for 85% off.


REN Clean Skincare - Perfect Canvas Clean Jelly Oil Cleanser.



Reusable face wipes - Great on your skin but also good for the environment



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