Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a confusing name as it doesn’t just affect the ovaries. In fact, it affects many areas of your body. PCOS is linked to insulin resistance, which causes the production of too much male hormone – resulting in life-changing problems from trying to conceive to cosmetic issues like facial hair and acne.

Without diminishing the PCOS symptoms that can result in infertility and the increase in serious health conditions, we are going to concentrate on the cosmetic issues here as they can have serious consequences in themselves.

An increase in weight, body hair and acne can all contribute to depression and anxiety and that in itself can aggravate PCOS symptoms – it’s a vicious cycle.

Unprecedented levels of mental turmoil in young women have been reported, due to an increasing level of body dissatisfaction amongst women. This insecurity and low self-esteem has been linked to the increasing pressure in an image obsessed social media driven world.

Many women battle PCOS symptoms that negatively impact their self confidence including:

  • Acne
  • Facial hair
  • Weight gain
  • An increase in body hair
  • Hair loss on the head
  • Depression and anxiety

Women with PCOS are facing inner turmoil trying to fight a seemingly impossible battle against Mother Nature as they compare themselves to ‘perfect’ images on social media and in magazines.

Here are some beauty tips for turning around some PCOS symptoms that might be getting you down:

Add natural supplements to your diet

You are what you eat, as the saying goes. The logic makes sense – you need to address the problem from the inside out. However, it’s just not practical to shop at Whole Foods and create Instagram-worthy colourful meals every day. Does anyone have the time to be hunting down a particular type of berry to sprinkle over your homemade granola?

Thank goodness for supplements that are created by teams of scientists to help your body balance hormones, strengthen the immune system, improve energy levels and promote healthy blood flow – all thereby helping your PCOS symptoms. Take a look at these beauties:

  • Perfectil Plus Skin – contains omega-3 fatty acids,  zinc, selenium – a powerful group at combating acne. This supplement also contains vitamin D – The Yale PCOS Program states that vitamin D is given as part of their lifestyle management program to treat PCOS
  • Inofolic – which combines myo-inositol (a naturally occurring substance found in all living cells) and folic acid. The University of Perugia found that if folic acid was given along with inositol, the combination of the two worked better to improve PCOS symptoms
  • Vitamin D, vitamin B12 and  iron supplements to thicken thinning hair.
  • Inositol or vitamin B-8, inositol reduced insulin resistance and improved symptoms in women with PCOS in a study conducted by Virginia Commonwealth University

Treat yourself to some special beauty treatments

  • Find an acne solution that works for you

Shiseido ibuki multi solution gel contains salicylic acid, a beta hydroxy acid that exfoliates the skin to help acne breakouts caused by hormonal fluctuations.

  • Annihilate excessive hair growth

Try electrolysis hair removal as opposed to laser treatment which won’t work for those with PCOS.

  • Boost the appearance of thin hair

Using shampoos which contain caffeine will boost the volume of your hair and create the appearance of having more. Try to avoid using heated styling tools, and if you do feel like you have to, then use a protective heat spray.

Turning your head upside down and spraying hair spray or dry shampoo at the roots can also add volume to thin hair.

  • Use anti-pore clogging products

Aurelia Probiotic Skincare deodorant is an all-natural deodorant that won’t cause inflammation to a sensitive PCOS skin.

  • Use a body serum to thin regrowing hair and prevent ingrown hair

PCOS sufferers can struggle removing hair from unwanted places and Inhibitif Body Serum hydrates, calms and smooths the skin and prevents painful ingrown hairs and irritation.

Finally, make sure that you take care of your mental health as well as physical – and beauty treatments such as regular massages, aromatherapy, thermotherapy and facials can all help to destress.

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