PCOS: Skin and Hair Care by Rubina Guleria, Cosmetology Expert
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) presents itself with frustrating skin and hair care issues. Since it manifests differently in different people, it’s hard to treat accurately and maintain protocol as it changes with hormonal fluctuation, diet and allopathic intervention. Given its multi-faceted character, a good treatment routine consists of nutrition counselling with diet changes and disciplined skin and hair care.
Among its common topical manifestations is pigmentation. It shows up as velvety dark patches predominantly in the neck, folds of the arms and inner thighs. Initially, a majority of women treat it as pigmentation or sun damage, taking treatments in beauty salons. Seeking medical help at the earliest helps in minimising its progress, as also reducing it to a great extent.
Caring for this type of skin darkening involves two important steps. To begin with, meeting a good endocrinologist or gynaecologist will help in addressing hormonal or metabolic changes that PCOS is causing internally. Once the medicine regimen has been established, it’s time to set up a good topical care routine.
Care: Begin with exfoliation of the surrounding areas and pigmented areas.
Magic ingredients: A nourishing exfoliant to make at home and use is a mix of fine sugar, jojoba oil, apple cider vinegar and a few drops of carrot oil or frankincense aroma oil.
Making the magic: Mix the sugar and apple cider vinegar to wet sand consistency and add 1 tbsp. of jojoba oil. Ten drops of the aroma oil should make your scrub yummy to smell and use.
Using the magic: Begin by gently exfoliating the area in a circular motion, using just the fingertips. About 4 to 5 minutes in each area should be sufficient. Finish by washing with warm water and pat dry. Apply sunscreen with SPF of 30 or higher.
Frequency: Twice a week.
Despite best efforts, sometimes the darkening is hard to lighten and might require medical intervention in a doctor’s’ clinic where s/he might use hydroquinone to lighten the dark patches.
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- Priti Srinivasan