For years I wondered if my acne was the result of a hormone imbalance. I always assumed that if my hormones were out of-whack I would have to wait it out and one day I would just wake up with clear skin. A few years back when I first wanted to explore this idea more, I had no clue where to start. Any dermatologist I’d seen in the past wanted to prescribe medications and topical solutions that would ease the symptoms instead of healing the problem itself. And I was adamant about tackling the root of the issue.
I have struggled with a slew of female health issues since middle school; the same time acne reared its ugly head. Always chalking it up to puberty, I struggled to understand why these same symptoms were an issue for me in adulthood. Desperate for help and answers, I found an OBGYN in Reno who diagnosed me with polycystic ovarian syndrome, otherwise known as PCOS.
PCOS is a hormone imbalance that affects 1 in 10 women of childbearing age. Common symptoms of the hormonal disorder are acne, hair loss, irregular periods, cysts in the ovaries and weight gain. In addition to these symptoms, PCOS can cause infertility, depression, sleep apnea, endometrial cancer and metabolic syndrome.
For the first time, it felt like I had some guidance and we began creating a game plan to balance out my hormones. After being on the pill for 12 years, I switched to an IUD and was anxious to see what would happen. After two long years, I saw regression in the progress I had hoped to make and decided to take a natural approach to healing my body (more to come on this later). Some things that I have found success with are:
- Meal Plans: I eat a diet full of whole and anti-inflammatory foods
- Fitness: Find a workout routine that works for you! Some of my favorite ways to get my heart pumping is by lifting weights, walking, running and playing tennis.
- Reduce Stress: Going to therapy, mediating daily and writing in a gratitude journal keep my stress and anxiety in check.
- Supplements: Probiotics don’t just help with gut health and digestion. They can also reduce inflammation and regulate sex hormones.
The human body is extremely complex, and there is no one-size-fits-all solution on how to heal it. My journey with PCOS and acne is far from over. However, thanks to a natural approach and lots of research, every day brings me one step closer to my health goals. If you struggle with PCOS, what steps have you taken to ease the symptoms? Share them in the comments below!
Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional and all posts on this blog are based off my own experiences. Please consult a professional before changing or adding medications to your routine.