Are you experiencing skin problems such as acne breakouts, adult acne, uneven skin tone, or extra facial or body hair in certain areas? These are common symptoms of polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS).

What is PCOS?

PCOS is a common hormonal disorder in which many women of reproductive age experience too high range levels of the hormone androgens, which males produce. These male hormones interfere with ovulation, cause irregular menstrual cycles, and can cause fertility issues when trying to conceive children. These male hormones contribute to skin and hair problems like overproducing oil that turns into acne and excessive hair growth in areas you wouldn’t usually have. Not all women who have PCOS will experience these same skin and hair issues from this imbalance. If you suffer from skin symptoms due to PCOS, using high-quality skincare products with botanical ingredients can help manage your symptoms. 

How does acne from PCOS differ from regular acne?

Acne from PCOS differs slightly from acne in teens or young adults. You might recognize acne from PCOS because it is on the lower area of the face around the jawline and sometimes the neck. It may seem like the acne doesn’t’ come and go,’ but it stays and can become cystic. 

How do you care for acne from PCOS?

For those with acne-prone skin, the most effective ingredients are:

Benzoyl Peroxide is one of the most effective ingredients for treating acne breakouts. It kills bacteria before they spread and prevents new bacteria from forming. 

Salicylic Acid is a beta-hydroxy acid that helps to reduce excess sebum in the skin, mildly exfoliate the skin, and unclog pores. 

 Sulfur helps to cut back oil production and contains anti-bacterial properties that help to keep acne from spreading. 

These ingredients fight acne by removing bacteria, dead skin cells, and excess oil.

Recommended Glymed Products include:

Clear Skin Cleanser with Benzoyl Peroxide promotes the healing of inflamed acne and non-inflamed acne lesions. This cleanser helps to clear, smooth, and heal the skin.

Blemish Control No.5 with Benzoyl Peroxide is a topical treatment that reduces bacteria, lightly peels the skin, and unclogs pores. 

Mattifying Sulfur Masque is a therapeutic masque that helps kill bacteria and unclog pores. Blemish Control No. 5 is also a popular spot treatment for acne. 

Excessive Hair Growth 

You can try derma planning or waxing the areas where you may have excessive hair growth. Follow instructions from your technician, and after the recommended waiting period, use a skin exfoliator to prevent ingrown hairs from forming after receiving treatment. 

Glymed Products Recommended:

Refining Body Scrub with Alpha Hydroxy Acid contains ultra-fine beads that exfoliate the skin, removing dry patches and dead skin cells. The ingredients help increase cell turnover, which prevents ingrown hairs from forming. 

How can skin discoloration and uneven skin tone be treated?

Dark patches and skin discoloration need products that target hyperpigmentation in the skin. 

Recommended Glymed Skincare Products to treat face, neck, and decollete:

Daily Skin Clarifier helps fade discolorations by using antioxidants with natural tyrosinase inhibitors that give you results safely and effectively. 

Pigment Brightening Serum is a serum that targets and reduces hyperpigmentation without using harsh ingredients. 

Diamond Bright Skin Illuminator targets hyperpigmentation, brightens skin, evens skin tone, and is pregnancy-safe. 

If you’re struggling with acne caused by PCOS, you know how frustrating it can be. However, implementing a solid skincare routine that manages symptoms can make a difference!

Have questions? I’m here to help! 


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