When you have PCOS, you also have other symptoms that accompany it. Read our post prepare by a Ballarat naturopath below to learn effective ways on how to properly manage PCOS symptoms.

Other symptoms that accompany with PCOS can include facial hair, acne, and female pattern hair loss. These things can sometimes feel as if they are making an already difficult condition that little bit harder. You can also have these symptoms without having PCOS as they are indicators of high androgens.

If you have these symptoms, and therefore high androgen levels, what can you do?

Managing Facial Hair with PCOS

High androgen levels influence your hair, making it follow male patterns of growth. This means that you can end up with darker hair on your face, chest and back. Facial hair is a frustrating symptom as it can take a while to see any improvement, up to 12 months.

If you see a naturopath to help address your excess facial hair, some of the supplements and herbs they might suggest, after considering your personal health picture may include:

  • Zinc
  • Peony and liquorice in combination
  • Chaste tree
  • Reishi mushroom

It’s important to seek professional advice before taking these so that you take the correct amount for you over the right amount of time. In addition to these androgen lowering supplements and herbs, you can use tweezing, waxing, or laser to help remove the excess hair. Book your appointment with a Ballarat naturopath here.

How to Manage Acne with PCOS

Regardless of if you have PCOS or not, the following approaches can help to manage your acne:

  • Reduce or quit sugar: too much sugar leads to higher sebum production and increased inflammation.
  • Avoiding dairy from cows
  • Look after your gut, inflammation in the gut can worsen acne.
  • Reduce consumption of foods that are high in histamine
  • Talk to a naturopath about zinc

There are some situations where healing your acne can take a while. If you have recently come off the pill, you might even notice that your acne may get worse over the next 6 months before it starts to improve. Check our natural products for your skin care routine.

Dealing Female Pattern Hair Loss Symptoms with PCOS

This type of hair loss is a long-term thinning type of hair loss. It is caused by the presence of male hormones. You can help to correct this by supporting normal ovulation and reducing your androgen levels, something your naturopath can support you with. Or you can also consider topical treatments such as Rosemary and Melatonin.

Please keep in mind that whatever you try, even with the best possible treatment, this type of hair loss can take a while to resolve. You’ll be looking at months or, potentially, years to see improvement.

And to efficiently learn effective ways on how to manage symptoms accompanied with PCOS, schedule an appointment with our Ballarat naturopaths for more personalised insights. Just click here.

Katherine Knott

Katherine is a certified naturopath and the founding director of Acorn and Oak.   She began studying Naturopathy when she was 18 years old and has practiced in both Melbourne and rural Victoria.  She has also studied 2 1/2 years of nursing and midwifery, but decided that she was happier to work with women as […]

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Nicki Stewart

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Alyce Beaton

Alyce is qualified naturopath in Ballarat who loves supporting people on their health journey. Alyce believes optimising and restoring health first and foremost begins with food as medicine and creating healthy lifestyle habits. She is passionate about providing a safe, non judgement environment and endeavours to support her clients with strategies they can implement into […]

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