Is PCOS Causing Your Skin Problems?
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PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) or hormone imbalance causes several skin-related symptoms, including oily skin, adult acne, skin tags, and dark velvety skin patches known as acanthosis nigricans. More than 1 in 5 women suffer from PCOS. It’s now the #1 health condition facing women today so it’s no wonder that it has such an impact on skin health.
Most visibly, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) has the capability to change your skin—how it looks, how it feels—in a way that other people can notice. Not only does this add to the embarrassment of women who experience these PCOS symptoms, it produces an issue they cannot hide from. You can second-guess the pain in your abdomen or the irregularity of your menstrual cycle, but seeing your skin break out with blemishes, become irritated, or start to change in texture is an undeniable sign that something is indeed wrong..
Are you suffering from skin challenges like I did?
I struggled for years, actually decades with acne and sore broken out skin. Skin problems are distressing because they’re easily visible to others and difficult to conceal. What’s more, the appearance of our skin is closely linked to our sense of beauty and femininity. Battling a skin condition can severely affect your self-esteem.
I had acne on my face, my back and on my chest. It was awful. I never felt comfortable wearing a bathing suit or a top that dipped lower in the front or back. I endured this heartbreak myself, and the only solution was antibiotics that I refused to take until my senior year of high school so I could feel pretty in the end-of-year festivities.
I tried all the creams, drying lotions and topical acne treatments I could find, and none of them worked. Like many women with PCOS, I experienced oily skin, acne, and frequent breakouts causing me constant embarrassment.
PCOS can cause other skin problems like skin tags, which are thickened lumps of skin typically occurring in the armpits, on the neck, or along the bra line. Another skin condition associated with PCOS is acanthosis nigricans. This is characterized by rough, dark, velvety patches of skin. These patches are especially noticeable when they occur on the face. There are other skin conditions like hives and psoriasis that may come and go.
If you suffer from one of these skin conditions it is just the tip of the iceberg. What other symptoms are you experiencing?
What do these different skin conditions have in common? They share the same underlying cause called Hormone Deal-Breakers ™.
How Do Hormone Deal-Breakers ™ Change the Skin?
Skin problems in women with PCOS are very common, and more than 1 in 5 women suffer from PCOS. It’s now the #1 health condition facing women today so it’s no wonder that it has such an impact on skin health.
The Hormone Deal-Breakers ™ may be at the root cause of your skin problems.
- Nutrient deficiencies – your body is lacking vital nutrients for its daily needs (this includes anemias)
- The wrong diet (food) for you
- The wrong exercise or type of movement for you
- Inadequate rest and sleep for you
- Toxins from many different places both internal and external including toxic relationships
- Low thyroid function
- Low adrenal function
- Lack of support
- Sluggish or fatty liver
- Bacterial, viral or fungal infections
- Poor microbiome (gut bacteria) balance
- You’re just too busy
- Negative thoughts
- Your body’s ability to detoxify
- Poor fat metabolism
- And your genetics
- Medications – while you may be taking medication for some of your symptoms, they may adversely affect your skin health.
And more, but this is a great starting place and usually when you address these you can fully heal. Anything that stresses your body emotionally or physically will throw you into hormone imbalance, and pretty quickly. The stress hormone cortisol rises and stays high, and the blood sugar hormone insulin also rises and can stay high causing your cells to become resistant to insulin causing high androgens or male hormones like testosterone.
Here’s the great news! You have all the power to heal your body to have beautiful, glowing skin.
The Natural Approach to Beautiful Skin
Begin by addressing the Hormone Deal-Breakers™ in this order:
- Food as Medicine – Learn how to use food to heal your body.
- Replace Missing Nutrients – your body needs nutrients to function properly, so when it’s not you must replace what’s missing.
- Movement as Medicine – learn how to exercise to promote a healthy, strong body. Sometimes we do too much here and stress our body out more, and sometimes we don’t do enough causing a poor metabolism, low motivation and poor sleep. Every type of movement has a hormonal response.
- Cravings Awareness – learn how to better manage cravings so you can improve the impact that insulin has on your fertility.
- Support Community – surround yourself with like-minded women who understand what you’re going through and can give you the hope that you may not feel right now by yourself.
With these five simple steps many women have been successful in healing their skin challenges. We’ve seen this happen so may times with our PCOS 5-Element System.
Whatever skin-related symptoms you’re experiencing, I want to assure you that there is hope. As you can see I was able to clear my skin completely, but it was a long hard road. Here at Insulite Health, we’ve done all the research for you, and we’ve seen many women in our community heal from devastating skin conditions.
What Are Some of The Symptoms of PCOS and Their Effects on Your Skin?
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (also known as PCOD – Polycystic Ovarian Disorder) is a very powerful condition that, surprisingly, affects a wide range of systems in your body.
Why Is PCOS Such a Big Issue?
One of the leading causes of female infertility, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) affects roughly 1 in 5 women. This means millions of women worldwide suffer through these heart wrenching and painful health issues. Some of the symptoms include1:
- Infertility: This is one of the most difficult symptoms to bear and, when not understood or undiagnosed, can lead to tension, frustration, and resentment that can affect relationships with partners and other loved ones.
- History of Menstrual Irregularity: An irregular menstrual cycle is very common in women with PCOS – less frequent periods, heavy periods, or missing periods all together. Even periods that are close together (less than 25 days) are common with PCOS.
- Weight Gain or Obesity: Although women who are thin can have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), the majority of women with this condition tend to gain weight and have a difficult time losing it. This symptom can be attributed to a couple of different factors, but Insulin Resistance, an underlying influence of PCOS, is often the culprit.
- Hair Loss: Often following the same outline as male pattern baldness, women who have excess PCOS hormones, like testosterone, sometimes lose their hair. This is one of the several embarrassing symptoms this condition can produce.
- Hirsutism: On the complete other end of the spectrum as hair loss, women who have hirsutism experience excess hair growth in oftentimes very noticeable places, such as their face, chest, and back. This is also a very embarrassing issue for women to cope with in their daily life. According to research experts, “hirsutism appears to be strongly related with hyperandrogenism (imbalance of male sex hormones) and metabolic abnormalities in PCOS women.”4
- Anovulation: A leading cause of infertility, the lack of ovulation is one of the reasons many women with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) have difficulty becoming pregnant. Women who have this condition have too many male sex hormones, namely testosterone, in their system, and this throws off the normal functions of their reproductive organs. Without the release of an egg from the ovaries, conception cannot occur.
- Skin Conditions: Very frustrating for many women with this disorder, skin conditions are difficult to hide and can on occasion be painful. From mild to severe acne to the development of skin tags, skin conditions caused by Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) can be both a nuisance and an embarrassment. Additionally, women with PCOS can experience acanthosis nigricans, which is the development of dark, thick, almost velvet-like skin in several places on the body.2
- High Cholesterol and High Blood Pressure: Because women with this condition are already at a higher risk of compromised cardiovascular health, these two symptoms are very worrisome and must be monitored.
- Sleep Disorders: Sleep apnea and insomnia are among the most prevalent of sleep disorders reported by women with PCOS, and they have the potential to ruin the ability of women who experience them to function on a daily basis because of exhaustion and difficulty concentrating.
- Mood Swings: Anxiety, depression and irritability are very common in women suffering from hormonal imbalances. Women share that they don’t feel like themselves and are frustrated that feel powerless over their emotions.
How Can PCOS Be Remedied?
If you have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) you can fight the condition by incorporating the following five elements into your daily routine.
- Eat a nutritious diet that is high in fiber and low in simple carbohydrates and sugars. In fact, carbohydrates should be limited to complex carbohydrates that are low on the glycemic index.
- Establish and maintain a workout routine that engages your body without pushing the limits of physical fitness too far – strenuous exercise can add stress that will keep you in hormone imbalance. Exercise should be a daily activity, but should never be something that causes injury.
- Incorporate targeted nutritional supplements into a healthy diet. Vitamins, minerals, and botanicals that have been blended together to support specific functions and systems of your body can increase your body’s ability to fight back and regain its health.
- Seek support. The symptoms associated with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome can be difficult to cope with, as well as emotionally draining. A shoulder to lean on in times of struggle can be invaluable to you.
- Get smart. Learn all you can about Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome and Insulin Resistance. The Insulite Health website is an excellent place to start.
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