PCOS presents itself in many different ways, some more bothersome than others. One of those unfortunate symptoms is skin problems like acne. Many women do not realize the root cause of their skin problems stems from PCOS. Unfortunately, many doctors do not realize this too and treat it like typical acne which may further exacerbate the condition.
How does PCOS affect our skin?
Your pituitary gland is responsible for producing the right amounts of estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. PCOS disrupts this process, causing your estrogen and progesterone levels to drop while increasing your testosterone (androgen) levels. This excess of androgens ultimately leads to acne because they stimulate excess oil production, resulting in a buildup of sebum and dead skin cells inside hair follicles, trapping germs beneath the surface.
How do I tell if my breakouts are PCOS-related?
PCOS related breakouts are typically located around the bottom half of the face - along the jaw, the chin, and on the cheeks. However, they can sometimes appear on the chest and back as well.