PCOS SUCKS! How To Fight Like A Girl, And Survive Like A Woman. Chapter 7: Acne
Acne is a PCOS symptom that I didn’t know until my face broke out. Some years ago, I noticed an increase in blemishes on my face and neck. Acne wasn’t a problem for me as a teenager, so developing it in my thirties alarmed me. I figured my new medication was messing with my hormones. I should have known that any symptoms with my hormones come from my PCOS. Further research concluded that many women with PCOS deal with acne.
As many of you can tell, I enjoy researching. When my breakouts started, I was determined to find a solution. None of my ideas are scientific, just purely trial and error.
I can’t stress enough how important it is to wash your face. You don’t want to overdo it, but ideally before bedtime and after you sweat. It’s never something I did, but it has helped tremendously. My face is naturally oily, so I found Clinique facial soap with an oily skin formula. Figuring out your skin “type” will help combat acne and help you choose which soap to use. This article, by very well health, has wonderful information. Do not scrub your face. Gently washing will work just as well.
Sea Breeze is another great product. My dad used it when he was a teenager, and this product has been on shelves for many years. After washing my face, I gently apply the liquid with a cotton ball. It may burn, but the dirt you see come off your face is crazy. I’m sure the soap helps, but it amazes me how much dirt still comes off my face. Your face may feel a little dry after using this product. I’d suggest applying a gentle lotion and letting that dry before going to my next step.
After using the Sea Breeze, I apply antibiotic cream on the troublesome spots. Again, there is no science behind this method. I tried it once, and it seemed to dry out the pimple. From then on, I apply it after washing my face and see it do its magic. I wouldn’t say it’s worked every time, but enough to warrant me mentioning it.
If you have a blemish that needs to be covered up during the day, use a liquid foundation specifically for acne. A liquid foundation is great for coverage and lasts throughout the day. They have plenty in the store to choose from. I don’t love the look of liquid foundation, so I always follow up with a loose powder. Again, make sure it is acne-friendly. Some brands even advertise that their makeup can help rid your acne by wearing it for a few weeks. I can’t attest to that, but I know makeup can clog your pores. The key ingredient you want to look for in foundations is salicylic acid. And as always, wash your face after wearing makeup.
None of my regimens are hard, but they can be time-consuming. When I’m ready to lie down, that’s all I want to do. However, taking the time to find a home remedy that helps your acne will be cheaper than seeing a dermatologist. I’d say try any home remedy for around four weeks, and if you don’t see improvement, go to the doctor.
I hope some of my recommendations help! Keep surviving “cysters”!
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