How to Heal Hormonal POCS Acne

How to Get Rid of Hormonal PCOS Acne

How to Heal Hormonal POCS Acne
by Tallene Posted March 22, 2022

Acne is one of the most hated symptoms of PCOS and affects a large percentage of women with this syndrome. Not only is acne physically painful, but it is emotionally painful as well because it tears down one’s confidence.

To treat and reverse acne caused by PCOS one must first understand the root issue that forces a flare up.

Acne is an outward manifestation of inflammation in the body combined with elevated levels of androgens, such as testosterone. When you combine inflammation with high androgens it’s a recipe for unwanted symptoms manifesting as acne, facial hair, and hair loss.

For women with PCOS the bacteria in your skin and the sebum oil that protects your skin is unique. Having a cystic acne outbreak when you have PCOS can be a blessing in disguise. Because it’s your body’s way of signaling that you don’t need expensive creams or lotions to reverse your symptoms… You simply need a lifestyle change. If the inflammation can be reduced you’ll be well on your way to healing. 

How to Get Rid of Hormonal PCOS Acne

Supplements to treat PCOS acne:


Remember that junk foods have processed oils and are high in Omega-6. So when someone with PCOS consumes those types of foods it creates an imbalance between the ratio of omega three and omega six.

This leads to a lot of inflammation and high levels of omega six. Making the sebum oil more sticky and viscous, which causes more breakouts. To combat this you want to make sure the ratio between omega three and omega six is balanced by taking an Omega-3 supplement. And eliminating as many processed foods as possible. 

If you’re not getting enough omega three your body will have trouble converting the omega six into EPA and DHA. Which is why taking supplements like fish oil that contain these components can be really helpful.


Zinc, which also helps with converting omega three to EPA and DHA, is another supplement that will help as well as pumpkin seeds and magnesium. 

Nordic Naturals makes an omega-3 phospholipids supplement which is an alternative to krill. And uses raw extract ingredients, which is an even more potent version of EPA and DHA.

Zinc also helps to inhibit the conversion of testosterone to DHT, which is the more potent form of testosterone. And when that’s high, it can trigger a lot of oil production and acne.

Vitamin A

Vitamin A brings down inflammation because it is a key nutrient in supporting your intestinal barrier. And a lot of the acne comes from intestinal and gut Issues. 

Talk to your physician about the best Vitamin A supplement for you or opt instead for vitamin-a rich foods. Because you can easily develop toxicity if taken in high doses. 

Many physicians have been known to offer pharmaceuticals such as Accutane (originally developed as a chemotherapeutic agent) or Spironolactone to treat PCOS-related acne. However, the symptoms will come back with a vengeance within a short period of time because the root issue hasn’t been treated.

Many PCOS-friendly doctors are against antibiotics for treating acne. Because they only work for a short period of time and are harmful to your body’s gut microbiome.

The right bacteria is going to reduce inflammation and acne, so taking the antibiotic can harm and kill off the good and the bad bacteria at the same time. 

Going Gluten & Dairy free to treat PCOS acne:

There are going to be days when you feel like you’ve had a setback. Either you accidentally ingest something you weren’t aware had gluten or dairy, or you’re feeling stressed and reach for something that used to be a comforting food to indulge in.

Checkout these guides: How to know if a food has gluten or dairy

You may wake up one morning and see an acne break out coming back on your jawline or another troublesome spot. Don’t let this discourage you. Setbacks are simply milestone reminders to show us how far we’ve come. If you’re looking for more encouragement on staying on track read about how to cultivate the right mindset to stick to your long-term health goals.

Topical PCOS acne treatments:

Laser facial treatments have been known to reduce inflammation. Tallene, co-host of “A Cyster & Her Mister,” talks about visiting Skin Laundry in Newport beach on one of her most popular podcast episodes HERE. She states, “You can also get laser facials at your dermatologist’s office. The blue light laser is a great way to reduce inflammation and get a healthy glow back to help your skin heal.”

Tallene says the YAG laser at Skin Laundry (Newport Beach, CA) reduces inflammation, kills bacteria, takes only 10 minutes and is pain free.

A combination of diet, lifestyle (stress reduction) and cosmetic treatments can completely heal and reverse your PCOS acne. Just remember not all steps make sense for all people, so give yourself time to give the holistic treatments a chance to heal yourself from the inside out before trying any expensive treatments. 

PCOS acne and alcohol:

Alcohol can cause inflammation in the liver. Your liver’s function is to detox hormones and it won’t be able to do its job as effectively if it’s sluggish because of a poor diet and alcohol.

Stress and PCOS acne:

Stress causes cortisol levels to spike which wreaks havoc on your gut, insulin levels, and sleep quality. All of these things trigger the danger response in you body that causes inflammation. 

Work on reducing stress by meditating, doing slow, weighted workouts, taking walks, naps and doing yoga.

There’s no diet or process which is perfect for all PCOS women, so don’t be afraid to do some experimentation on your body to discover what works for you. Keep investigating your body. 

Speak with your doctor, get all your levels checked, and discover which of the supplements mentioned above could help you balance and heal your PCOS acne. There is no magic pill or bullet for the treatment of PCOS acne, but you want to focus on reducing the inflammation, and the androgen levels like testosterone and DHA, while also healing our guts. 

Consistency is key and patience and it does take a bit of time to see results so give yourself a minimum of 30 to 90 days before switching things up again and trying anything new.

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