Women with polycystic ovary syndrome, or pcos, suffer from hormonal imbalances brought on by insulin resistance which causes the development of cysts on their ovaries. This can lead to such symptoms as weight gain, irregular periods, increased insulin in the bloodstream, extra hair growth on the face and body, and acne.

The origin of pcos can be hereditary, but little else is known about it. Although, it is often considered a reproductive disorder, those treating pcos as insulin resistance have shown to manage their symptoms more effectively.

Although pcos is aggravating your acne, it is still acne and can be treated as such. However, there are key lifestyle changes to be made that will facilitate your clearing.

Take a look at your dietary habits. How much sugar would you say you consume on any given day: bread, refined flour, and sugary drinks? With pcos and insulin resistance going hand in hand, having a balanced diet can help significantly. Meals should include a healthy balance of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, plant–based protein, lean meats, and healthy fats. Trade in that white bread for a hearty whole wheat variety! Select high fiber choices such as brown rice and whole grain breads and pasta.  A balanced diet combined with exercise can help you maintain a healthy weight which is also shown to be important in alleviating symptoms.