PCOS and Acne: Is DHT Causing Your Breakouts?

PCOS and Acne: Is DHT Causing Your Breakouts?

Research studies show that women with PCOS are likely to have acne. Acne is an inflammatory skin disorder that interacts with hormones, hair, sebaceous (oil secreting) glands and bacteria. This is due to excess levels of androgens (male sex hormones) in the skin. Androgen is a metabolite of testosterone called DHT (dihydrotestosterone) is one of the main causes of acne.

DHT stimulates the production of oil that leads to clogged glands or pores. When the pores and glands get clogged they are unable to release oil, which allows bacteria to grow and multiply in the follicle leading to inflammation.

Hormonal imbalances such as insulin resistance, hyperinsulinism, and increased progesterone secretion prior to your menstrual cycle can all cause acne. Having a diet high in refined, high glycemic carbohydrates can raise your insulin levels causing acne to appear. Stress is a major factor in causing acne in women. Some medications that doctors prescribe such as anabolic steroids, anti-epileptics, lithium and some oral contraceptives can also cause acne. Industrial pollutants, cosmetics, over washing or rubbing of the skin, and allergic reactions to foods may also be causes for acne to appear.

If you have acne throughout your teenage years and into adulthood and it is accompanied by hirsutism, infertility, and weight problems then it is likely you have an androgen disturbance and it could be related to PCOS.

Natural treatments for acne are pretty simple to do and are cost efficient. You want to avoid drugs that may cause acne, avoid exposure to oil or grease, use hypoallergenic cosmetics and soaps, wash the affected areas well twice daily or more if needed to remove excess oils, wash pillow cases and sheets regularly in chemical free (no added colors or fragrances) detergents, and get adequate sun exposure.

The other thing that women suffering from PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) can do is look into the Insulite Health PCOS line of supplements that are available. In particular, the PCOS system offers hormone-balancing effects that have been scientifically calibrated to reverse the condition. That means there is hope.

Learn more about the subject of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) and how it could be affecting your ability to get pregnant, by visiting us here.

Insulite Health, a Boulder, Colorado USA based company, is committed to reversing Insulin Resistance- a potentially dangerous imbalance of blood glucose and insulin. Scientific research has revealed that this disorder can be a primary cause of excess weight gain and obesity, plus Pre-Diabetes and Type 2 Diabetes. Insulin Resistance can also underline the cluster of increased risk factors for cardiovascular damage called Metabolic Syndrome (Syndrome X) as well as PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome)- A major source of serious diseases as well as heartbreaking female infertility.

Recognizing that there are millions of people who need this kind of systematic approach to reversing insulin resistance, Insulite Health has, developed systems to address the underlying causes of Metabolic Syndrome, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), Excess Weight/Obesity, Pre-Diabetes and type 2 Diabetes.

For more information about the PCOS Five Element System we use to treat women suffering from PCOS and insulin resistance, please visit us at our website.