So often when talking about Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), only the physical symptoms are discussed. Those suffering with this syndrome know that the effects are far more than physical. So what are some of the steps we can take to combat the emotional effects and the toll it takes on our self-confidence? We’d like to share some with you.
Your Skin and PCOS
There are many reasons that one may struggle with acne, however, those living with PCOS are dealing with excess amounts of testosterone and that is one of the most common causes of breakouts. Having excess testosterone means that there are too many androgens in the body stimulating glands to produce more sebum. Too much sebum clogs pores and creates acne. bioClarity.com breaks down the process in greater detail in the blog “The Connection Between Testosterone and Acne”.
Often times, no matter how careful we are in our skin care, breakouts leave blemishes. Additionally, high insulin levels also cause dark patches of the skin. Both can leave those with PCOS feeling insecure and embarrassed. The good news is that intense pulse light therapy (IPL) can treat both blemishes and dark spots. IPL allows for a more even skin tone that has a smoother and firmer finish, using a broad spectrum of light. This intense pulsed light selectively targets broken blood vessels and irregular pigmentation with minimal effect to surrounding tissue. Not only targeting the damaged area but pulling hyperpigmentation to the surface of the skin. Therefore, exposing a more refreshed and blemish free skin, allowing those with PCOS to feel more confident.
As many of us know, blemishes aren’t the only thing caused by breakouts. Acne can cause scarring as well. At Alazzo Med Spa, we offer micro-needling which can help reduce acne scars. Micro-needling harnesses the body’s innate ability to regrow and repair the skin as a response to micro-damage. Our small hand-held device stimulates the production of collagen and elastin, normalizing various skin functions.
Hair in NOT All the Right Places
Along with the extra testosterone release stimulated in the ovaries, we get additional hair growth and it may not be in places that are comfortable. That’s why laser hair removal is such an advantage to those of us with PCOS. Without having to let hair “grow out” we can target areas of unwanted hair, as the laser “sees” the hair follicle below the skin. We can target areas on the face, back, legs and arms or anywhere you may want to rid yourself of excess hair. At Alazzo Med Spa, we offer a $25/15-minute guarantee with all our packages. Therefore, if you grow any hair in the area treated after you have completed your six treatments you only have to pay $25 per 15 minutes to have that area touched up. We can’t control the body from making hair, but we can stay on top of it and make it manageable.
While there are many things associated with PCOS that we cannot control or do anything about, we don’t have to let it get us down. There are ways to control the way it affects our self-esteem and how we view ourselves. We don’t have to let PCOS have complete control over our lives. If you are interested in learning more about how Alazzo Med Spa can help you overcome some of the side effects of PCOS, please call the spa today and talk to one of our knowledgeable team members.