Consultant Dermatologist Dr Amélie Seghers shared her expert insight on Polycystic Ovary Syndrome and acne with Popsugar.
Dr Seghers explains that acne can be a sign of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome for up to 70% of people and acne seen in the context of PCOS can be more resistant to the conventional acne treatments such as topical creams and antibiotics, especially if there is evidence of an underlying hormonal imbalance.
Dr Seghers is an expert in bioidentical hormone therapy and passionate about delivering a personalised approached to diagnosis and treatment for her patients. She explains that Polycystic Ovary Syndrome is a complex disease, affecting around 1 in 5 women in the UK with varying symptoms which may include irregular periods, polycystic ovaries (identified through an ultrasound), acne, hair loss and excessive hair growth. It can affect women of all sizes but is more common in those who are overweight, so a lifestyle review is advised.
Treatment for PCOS may often involve input from more than one medical expert such as a dermatologist, gynaecologist and GP and treatment plans will be tailored to the symptoms.