Hyperandrogenism (excess male hormone) in PCOS often manifests itself with the cosmetically disfiguring problems of acne, hirsutism, hair loss and skin darkening. Along with marring of physical appearance, these cosmetic issues can have severe mental complications leading to psychological consequences in these women.
Specific treatments for these cosmetic problems should be considered in addition to hormonal or other therapy.
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome ( PCOS ) Acne Help
Women with PCOS often suffer from acne and oily skin as a manifestation of hormonal imbalance. Excessive androgens or male hormones cause acne in women with PCOS. PCOS cystic acne is typical in appearance, presenting as large, red and deep breakouts on your skin-a severe form of acne resulting from hormonal imbalance. PCOS-related acne tends to be concentrated in “hormonally sensitive,” areas-especially the lower one third part of the face. This includes cheeks, jawline, chin, and upper neck. Stress along with carbohydrate rich diet can exacerbate this condition further.
Dealing with Acne in PCOS women can be a distressing experience. In order to effectively manage these complications, it is important to collectively approach this problem following an advice from your gynecologist and dermatologist both.
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome ( PCOS ) Acne Treatment
Oral Contraceptive Drugs, Insulin Sensitizing Drugs, Anti-androgen drugs may be of use in treating both acne and PCOS. Your doctor will guide you on appropriate treatment strategies and medications to be followed while dealing with this aspect of PCOS management.
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome and Unwanted Hair Growth (Hirsutism)
Unwanted hair growth or hirsutism is because of secretion of male hormones, which are secreted higher than normal. Typically PCOS sufferers have coarse, darker hair growing over the face, chin, neck, chest, back or limbs. These excess hair can be gotten rid of through shaving, waxing, depilatories, and tweezing but these methods have their own limitations and demand extra effort or time which can be highly inconvenient and cause mental distress for the women in her efforts to do away with these excess hair. Laser hair removal is one of the most successive ways to stop hair growth.
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome and Hair Loss
Thinning of the hairline due to the excess production and effects of male hormones (androgens) is called androgenic alopecia, and can be psychologically distressing for the woman. This male-pattern hair loss is often seen in women with PCOS, however this condition can be dealt with appropriate medications.
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome and Skin Darkening
The brown skin discolorations that occur with PCOS are unique, and are called acanthosis nigricans. They appear as darkened, velvety swaths of dark brown that most often develops on the nape of the neck, armpits, inner thighs, or under the breasts. Although these discolorations are unrelated to those caused by the sun, the treatment is usually same. While skin discoloration is a commonly observed symptom in women with PCOS, there are several causes other than PCOS that can lead to skin discolorations, most notably-diabetes.