Acne due to PCOS: Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
PCOS stands for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. Literally translated this means many ( poly ) follicles ( cysts ) in the ovary ( ovary ). It is an increasingly common hormonal disorder in women and a leading cause of acne in women.
An estimated 5 to 10 percent of women develop PCOS, often without realizing it. This percentage is growing.
PCOS can manifest itself in a collection of various symptoms. Conventional medicine diagnoses PCOS when 2 of the 3 symptoms below are met:
Excessive production of the male hormone testosterone.
The associated symptoms are male hair on the body and face (a mustache) and hair loss on the head. Also, be warned if you regularly suffer from pimples. This can even develop into severe acne-like in adolescents. An excess of testosterone can be determined by means of a blood test.
Little or no periods
Long intervals between periods also point in the direction of PCOS. If you use the pill, be aware that your monthly bleeding is not a real period. The pill stops your ovulation. With the artificial hormones in the pill, a withdrawal bleed is induced every month.
You can therefore only determine whether you have a regular cycle if you stop taking the pill.
More than a dozen egg sacs (follicles) on the edge of your ovaries.
These follicles can be identified by means of an ultrasound scan.
Acne and difficult to get pregnant? Think PCOS
In practice, however, it appears that there are more symptoms than those mentioned above that women suffer from when they have PCOS. Abundant periods, suddenly gaining weight, having great difficulty losing weight, other skin problems except for acne and not being able to get pregnant. You only discover the latter if you are trying to conceive.
Most women don’t discover they have PCOS until they stop taking the pill because they want to get pregnant.
Getting pregnant has everything to do with our hormones. Like so many other complaints and diseases that have to do with our hormones, PCOS and difficulty conceiving are much more common today than 30 years ago. Estimates are that it occurs in 5 to 10 percent of all women.
What exactly is PCOS?
The ovaries contain many immature eggs. Normally, after each menstruation, a few egg sacs (follicles) develop. Only one of those follicles develops into a mature egg, after which ovulation or ovulation takes place. If this mature egg is fertilized by a sperm seed, a pregnancy occurs.
The body of a woman with PCOS makes too much estrogen. As a result, several small follicles are formed in the ovary, which is difficult to develop and mature due to the disruption of the natural hormone balance. Because no mature egg is formed, ovulation does not take place and the woman cannot become pregnant. There is also no menstruation because there was no build-up of the endometrium.
PCOS starts with an excess of estrogen in the female body.
In the ovary, the follicle remains intact and forms a small cyst. Over time, these cysts can be seen on an ultrasound scan like a ‘string of beads.
How does PCOS develop?
It is not known exactly how PCOS develops. There are several hormones involved and so there can be several causes. Exposure to chemicals that have an estrogenic effect on the female body is an important cause. However, another important cause is insulin resistance and associated obesity.
About 90 percent of women with PCOS are insulin resistant, 80 percent of whom suffer from persistent obesity.
This should not surprise us because these two symptoms are almost inextricably linked. It is impossible to lose weight with insulin in the blood. I also call insulin the hold-your-fat hormone. And an extra portion of estrogen is produced in your fat cells. So spot on spot.
Adipose tissue is active tissue; it produces estrogen.
Now that we have a general idea of how PCOS can arise, we also know how we can possibly reduce this. Losing weight is therefore often advised. But that is much easier said than done.
Acne? Focus on reducing insulin resistance
Losing weight while insulin resistant is nearly impossible unless you starve yourself, but this is the worst advice I could give you. Focusing on reducing insulin resistance is therefore the best advice I can give you. For most women with PCOS, this means making significant changes to their diet.
If you eat properly according to the disc of 5 of the USA Nutrition Center you will get more of the 50 to 70% of your daily calories from carbohydrates. I have had the opportunity to travel a lot around the world: no country in the world eats as much bread as we do! Add to this all pasta, pizzas, potatoes, rice, pancakes, dairy, and all sweet drinks and you may come to the conclusion that it is surprising that not all of the USA is insulin resistant.
Replace carbohydrates with vegetables and healthy fats and miracles can happen to your body.
Read in this article how you can make your cells sensitive to insulin again: Insulin resistance: the key to more energy and less obesity. Believe me when I say that you really don’t have to go hungry and there is a very good chance that you will lose weight because of it. The first week is the hardest, after that, it gets so much easier.
By losing 5 to 10 percent, many women with PCOS (with a BMI over 25) have more frequent periods and other complaints also decrease.
Supplements and Herbs
A supplement that works well for PCOS is vitamin D3; quite a bit of scientific research has been done on this. D3 is a vitamin that most people are deficient in. It is actually an ancient hormone that has many functions in our body.
You can take D3 as a supplement all year round, take 50 micrograms (2000 IU) per day.
Research has also been done on PCOS and the supplement inositol or a variant of this D-Chiro-Inositol (DCI). It was found to be effective in women with PCOS and a desire to have children. The big advantage of inositol is that it plays an important role in our insulin metabolism. It ensures that the cells become more sensitive to insulin and thus contributes to stable blood glucose. Especially women with PCOS and insulin resistance can benefit from this. The general recommended dose is 1 to 4 grams per day.
Excessive testosterone production in PCOS is caused by too high a level of insulin or too much of the luteinizing hormone. If you have too much testosterone, you could try linseed. The protein SHBG in this ensures that not only xenoestrogens but also an excess of testosterone binds in your blood. A bound hormone is no longer active.
Broccoli and broccoli sprouts can also help to eliminate the breakdown of used hormones , thanks to the DIM (Di-indolylmethane) present. Put them on your menu often. Broccoli extract and DIM are also available as supplements.
If nutrition does not (yet) work enough
Nutrition will not always be sufficiently effective, certainly not with serious PCOS complaints. Women who do not want to become pregnant are often advised to use the pill. Unfortunately, this does not eliminate the cause of PCOS, only disguises it . Be aware that the longer a hormonal imbalance lasts, the more difficult it becomes to recover from it.
Tackle your complaints at the root and change your diet. This acne can easily be treated with food.
Women who want to become pregnant can receive treatment that uses hormones. However, I know young women who have completely cured themselves with their diet, have become pregnant, and have children without medication. Food is truly your first medicine.