pcos and acne

Yes! PCOS or polycystic ovarian syndrome is a very common hormone and metabolic disorder that affects up to 10% of Brisbane women. In fact half a million Australian women have either diagnosed or undiagnosed polycystic ovaries.

PCOS can be associated with cysts in the ovaries, weight gain, menstrual irregularities, infertility, mood changes and skin changes. Hormonal imbalances, including excess androgens account for some of these symptoms.

Skin changes associated with PCOS include acne, excessive hair (hirsuitism), skin tags, and skin discolouration. Acne associated with PCOS often occurs around the jawline area, chin and cheeks. Excessive hair growth may also occur on the upper lip, face and body.

Specialist Dermatologists will work in with your GP and Endocrinologist to manage the skin related changes of PCOS. As a guide we often use anti-hormone treatments, Vitamin A creams or tablets, and laser treatments to help with skin issues relating to PCOS. Our Westside Laser Dermatology also provides hair removal in PCOS patients.

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