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Why does PCOS cause acne? Plus Icon

The hormonal imbalance associated with PCOS can have an impact on the skin’s appearance. Many people suffer from excess oil, which can lead to congestion in the skin resulting in breakouts and acne. This can, in turn, lead to painful nodules and even scarring.

Why does PCOS cause facial hair? Plus Icon

The presence of high levels of male hormones (androgens) associated with PCOS can lead to excessive hair growth on the face and body. This can be extremely embarrassing and difficult to manage, with some women suffering from anxiety and depression as a result. Regular waxing and shaving can cause the delicate skin on the face to become sore and sensitive with ingrown hairs – and can even cause hyperpigmentation. 

Treatment for PCOS

Whilst there is currently no cure for PCOS, the symptoms can be alleviated with treatment, including medication. Talk to your doctor if you think you might have the condition.

If you’re overweight, losing weight and eating a healthier diet can also help to alleviate symptoms.

Laser hair removal

Laser hair removal is extremely effective at getting rid of unwanted hair caused by PCOS.

It is fast, no more painful than a wax, and is suitable for almost any part of the body.

You can expect to see a permanent reduction in hair growth in the affected area after a course of 6-8 treatments.

For PCOS sufferers, a course of maintenance treatments may be necessary to preserve these results.

Acne treatments

Professional acne treatments can be used to help manage the spots and breakouts some PCOS sufferers might experience. These include advanced skin peels and a special treatment known as isolaz, as well as a range of anti-blemish skincare products. A dermatologist might also prescribe medication to help manage your acne.

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Treatments for acne scarring and hyperpigmentation

Treatments designed to improve the appearance of acne scarring and dark marks include:

Skin peels
Laser resurfacing

Acne scars can only be treated once your acne has completely healed. A dermatologist will be able to assess your skin and determine whether acne scar treatment is appropriate for you.

At sk:n we have a range of treatments designed to help you get the skin you want.

From laser hair removal to peels, our specialist doctors and nurses can recommend the best path for you to take.

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