How PCOS affects your skin


Women struggle for years (sometimes decades) with PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) induced acne, hirsutism, obesity, oily skin, hairloss and other such beauty-related issues that often take a toll on the self-esteem of those affected with the condition.

While PCOS affects fertility, menstrual regularity — and due to insulin resistance may also lead to hormonal disturbances — its impact on women’s sense of beauty and femininity is what is getting mainstream attention more than ever.

Skin problems are big in PCOS. Is there a solution? “Yes, lifestyle changes that include a healthy diet: less carbohydrates, less spice and high protein are good for tackling bad skin. Plus, a devoted exercise regime has to be in place to combat acne and oily skin,” says dermatologist Dr Rinky Kapoor. For topical care, a basic skincare regimen like using the right face wash and moisturiser, blotting sheets, and staying away from stress goes a long way in keeping skin free from acne.

Tackle acne

For hormonal acne, there are new creams in the market which help to reduce sebaceous gland activity and control acne. Dermatologist Dr Batul Patel suggests going for the “Black Peel Treatment” which is an organic peel made from black rice performed on painful cyst like active acne to reduce swelling and prevent it from leaving marks and pits on the face.

Handle Hirsutism

Laser hair removal has become safer and cheaper in recent years. Make sure you visit a reputed laser centre where a qualified dermatologist is there to guide you. While you decide what to do and how to go about it, sip two cups of spearmint tea per day – a Turkish research published in 2007 said that having spearmint tea on a regular basis may help control excessive hair growth in women.

PCOS affects women from age group 15 to mid-30s: it usually goes away by the late 30s and early 40s.


– Include 30 minutes of moderate intensity workout in your routine at least three days a week.

– Losing weight will help regulate your cycle. Aim to lose 5% of your body weight to start with.

– Switch to a low carbohydrate diet. Include omega 3 supplements in your diet including foods that are rich in omega 3 like oily fish, walnuts, chia seeds, flaxseeds, basil.

— Dr Rinky Kapoor


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