I'm new to this forum but I was very interested in this thread as acne and excess oil was driving me crazy! And yes, I've just been diagnosed with PCOS. I thought I might share some of the "pearls" I've discovered on my quest to retain my once blemish-proof complexion....
I have had some good results with minimising pores and removing blackheads by using Clinique but I was still getting those horrible blind heads...OUCH
The latest was on my stomach, but I commonly get them on my shoulders and the back of my neck....can't use facewash there!
Being of a medical background I've been investigating the problem. Unfortunately it is a hormone imbalance, however it is specifically related to insulin levels. Increased insulin = increased testosterone = increased oestrogen = increased inflammation, oil, etc. So whilst cleansing decreases the oil you can still get those painful pimples at TTOTM as oestrogen levels increase.
So how can you limit the hormone imbalance (ie: improve insulin resistance)? Weight loss and exercise!
Specifically I've read that a low GI diet and regular resistance exercise is most beneficial. Well, derrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!
I also came across the "acne free in 3 days" gimmick....silly man....he gives 5 free hints via email.....I don't need the book now!
Step 1 - use glycerin or sorbitol soap/facewash
Step 2 - regular exfoliation (be wary - this can harden your skin if you do it too often). He recommends alpha or beta hydroxy acids (ie: salicylate - most acne skincare products use either this or benzyl peroxide)
Step 3 - Cut the sugar (well ain't that obvious if you are insulin resistant like me?)
Step 4 - Plenty of Vit C and water (both important for skin repair and hydration)
Step 5 - Use sunblock
Hellooooooooooooo? Don't we women do most of this already?
I have not used Proactiv....although I did think about it....once! It contains Benzyl peroxide (BP) which burnt my skin in another product (I think it was Clean & Clear). BP is a bleach....just check your towels after using! Plus it even said on the pack not to go out in sunlight as it can bleach your skin. That was enough to turn me off.
I hope somebody out there finds this useful,