Q. Along with PCOS I am suffering from bad skin. Please help.

Answered by
Dr. Suvash Sahu
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on May 05, 2016 and last reviewed on: Feb 19, 2020

Hi doctor,

Five years ago, I was diagnosed with PCOS. Then three years later, I started suffering with very bad skin. My skin was excessively oily and I always have spots and deep pores. Sometimes my skin has red blotches, but they are not raised and there are no heads. I seem to have controlled the oiliness, but I still have spots and redness. I am desperate to resolve it as I did not suffer as a teenager. I am looking for any advice and recommendations that will help with this. I am currently on contraceptive pills to control hormones.

Dr. Suvash Sahu

Cosmetology Dermatology Venereology
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Hi,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

Since you are already a diagnosed case of PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) which is known to be associated with seborrhea, acne, hirsutism and alopecia called as SAHA syndrome.

But, with your history it seems that you are having only acne, which is a good prognostic marker in your case. This condition will partially get resolved with your hormone pills.

Topically, you can use antibiotics cream like Clindamycin or Nalidixic acid during morning hours and topical retinoids like Adapalene gel during night.

For oil control of your skin you have to do certain dietary restrictions like not to take oily and spicy food, junk food, milk products and non-vegetarian. Take lots of water which hydrates your skin.


The Probable causes:

PCOS.

Investigations to be done:

Hormone profile.

Differential diagnosis:

1. SAHA syndrome.
2. Acne vulgaris.

Regarding follow up:

Revert back after a month with photographs to a dermatologist online.---> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/dermatologist


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