PCOS is caused by a mélange of internal factors and hence it is important to treat it from inside. Using ointments and magic potions without consulting a medical expert may flare up your existing condition. Unless it is treated from within inside, your acne may just return again. Also often women resort to birth control pills to help control the Acne and these come with their own side effects. Using a birth control pill may not be even necessary for some women with PCOS. Please talk to your doctor before you undertake any sort of medication. It is important to treat PCOS as a condition rather than treating its symptoms separately.
Some tips to deal with PCOS related ACNE
Modifications in Diet
It is well known that certain foods flare up the symptoms of insulin sensitivity. Avoid processed sugars, carbs will help symptoms associated with insulin resistance. Gluten free diet also reduces inflammation and helps greatly in controlling weight gain. All of these have positive effect on PCOS acne. A low carb and high fat diet is the best for women with PCOS. Cutting back on Milk is proven to be effective in Acne.
Omega 3 fatty acids, Ashwagandha, Diindolylmethane (DIM), Vitamin D, Calcium-D-Glucarate, Spearmint Tea, are helpful in controlling testosterone levels
Insulin resistance to be Checked
Regular exercise and a controlled diet can keep your insulin resistance in check. Cook with herbs and spices that have an anti-hyperglycemic effect. It’s important that you keep a close eye on your fasting glucose levels and insulin levels while adopting these changes. This helps you chart your progress and also make sure you are headed in the right direction. Your aim is to get your fasting glucose levels below 100 mg/dl, and fasting insulin level to below 8.4mIU/ml, ideally 5.0mIU/ml or lower.
The Goodness of Probiotics
PCOS and acne are both linked to gut health. Gut microbiota influences systemic inflammation and may also have important implications in cystic acne. While probiotic supplements are an easy way to ensure gut health, you can also add natural probiotics to your diet. Bone broth, Kefir, Kombucha, Buttermilk, Yogurt, Kimchi, Miso, pickles and other fermented foods that contain healthy probiotic bacteria strains.
Eat More Anti-Inflammatory Foods
Combat systemic inflammation with the right diet. Focus on eating more natural foods like seasonal fruits and vegetables and lean meats. We particularly love leafy greens like spinach, kelp, mustard leaves, lettuce, arugula and collard. Healthy fats like coconut oil also have an anti-inflammatory action. Other fats to add to your diet include grass-fed butter, ghee, olive oil, sesame oil, avocados, fatty fish, nuts and seeds. Turmeric, ginger, garlic and green tea offer many health benefits and should be a part of your PCOS diet.
Swimming, Zumba, Dancing, Aerobics, Brisk Walking and even cycling helps. Women with PCOS are often surprised at how little exercise helps them greatly improve their quality of life. Talk to your nutritionist and trainer to help control your insulin as well as build muscle and reduce abdominal fat.
Just the good old formula to stay hydrated! Drink up enough fluids. Restore the Ph and be happy!
Get Enough Sleep
PCOS is not an easy condition to deal with. Less sleep may worsen your symptoms and could lead to stress. Chronic stress will again have a cyclical effect on your PCOS. It is important to get enough sleep to make sure that your mind and body is adequately rested.