Although there isn’t a cure for polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), there are a number of treatments that can help control your symptoms. Once your dermatologist has assessed your skin, they’ll be able to recommend the best course of treatment for your condition.
The most common treatments for skin conditions caused by PCOS include:
Creams and lotions
There are a number of creams or lotions your dermatologist may prescribe. These include antibacterial medicines and lotions which can help clear up the breakouts, creams to treat the blackheads and creams for the hair growth.
If you have more severe acne due to PCOS, your dermatologist may prescribe a antibiotic such as tetracycline or trimethoprim. Most people find this treatment improves their acne within six months.
Your dermatologist may recommend antiandrogens such as metformin and spironolactone, or oral contraceptives which can help stop your ovaries producing too much testosterone.
If you’d like to know more about polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), our health information page provides a complete overview of the causes, symptoms and treatments available.