Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, or PCOS, is a hormonal disorder that affects approximately 10% of females. It is characterized by sex hormone imbalances and symptoms such as menstrual irregularity, excessive body and/or facial hair, infertility, ovarian cysts, depression, anxiety, and weight gain. If all that weren’t bad enough, it also increases insulin and testosterone which leads to an overproduction of pore clogging sebum, and many PCOS sufferers struggle with stubborn acne as a result. This type of acne is often unresponsive to topical therapies and other acne remedies. Fortunately you can reverse PCOS-related acne safely and naturally and I’m going to show you how.
PCOS Acne and Blood Sugar Imbalances
More than half of PCOS sufferers struggle with insulin resistance, which is a condition where the body is insensitive to the blood-sugar regulating hormone-insulin. This leads to wildly fluctuating blood sugar levels and the body responds by pumping out more insulin. The excess circulating insulin increases the risk for type-2 diabetes and causes the ovaries to make more testosterone, which worsens acne and other PCOS symptoms. Blood sugar imbalances also lead to inflammation, making them doubly bad for acne sufferers.
In order to balance blood sugar, consume a high fiber, wholefoods, plant-based diet, and vastly reduce your intake of sugar, refined carbohydrates (white pasta, bread etc), oil, animal products, and processed foods. Make sure to eat a lot of spices and herbs – most have inflammation fighting and blood sugar balancing properties. And don’t go too long in between meals or eat large portions, you should ideally eat 3 small meals and 3 small snacks a day. You should also make quality sleep a priority, exercise regularly, and actively reduce mental and emotional stress.
PCOS Acne and Testosterone
PCOS usually happens when levels of a hormone called LH (from the pituitary gland) or of insulin are too high, both of which cause the ovaries to make extra amounts of testosterone. Balancing those hormones can help to dramatically reduce PCOS related acne and make weight loss easier. The dietary and lifestyle tips mentioned above can help to balance hormones, but will likely not be enough to completely reverse imbalances.
Consume flaxseeds and non-GMO soy products – they have estrogenic properties, and have been found to help lower testosterone levels in women. Green tea and spearmint tea have also been found helpful at lowering testosterone levels, and you should aim for 1-2 glasses a day. The most powerful and well-researched herbal solution for excess testosterone however is licorice root. One study found 3.5 grams of licorice daily decreased testosterone levels by 32% in women after just one menstrual cycle. Licorice root also helps to promote ovulation and aids in weight loss, making it triply beneficial for PCOS sufferers.
The Best All-Natural Solution for PCOS
Insulin Mitochondria contains a powerful, clinically tested blend of natural ingredients that alleviate acne and other PCOS symptoms by restoring hormonal balance. It contains licorice root to reduce testosterone, and maca and vitex to balance other sex hormones that play a role in PCOS. It contains cinnamon, berberine hcl and chromium to help balance blood sugar levels. It also contains amla and artichoke to support the liver in detoxification, which means less pore clogging toxins are excreted through the skin. And finally, it contains lycopene, citrus bergamia and vitamin D, to fight the free radicals and inflammation that fuel acne redness and swelling.