Endometriosis can cause acne; follow these natural remedies to manage it | Health

Besides the many complications associated with endometriosis, a condition in which certain tissue grows outside the uterine lining, disrupting the normal structure and causing pain around the uterus, it can also give you acne. . The condition can make your skin sensitive and prone to inflammation which increases the risk of pimples, painful cysts, blackheads and whiteheads. (Also read: Endometriosis: Foods to eat or avoid, exercise tips, lifestyle changes to make)

Dr. Rinky Kapoor, Consultant Dermatologist, Aesthetic Dermatologist and Dermato-Surgeon, The Esthetic Clinics, reports that apart from painful periods, discomfort during and after intercourse, pain during urination, blood in the bowel movements, difficulty conceiving, bloating, sciatic nerve pain, acne and excessive bleeding, endometrial acne affects about 1% of women” but it is the most frustrating symptom, the most visible and most trust-destroying of the endometrium”.

“Endometriosis causes hormonal imbalance which is a big factor in worsening acne and other reasons include excessive sebum production which causes clogged pores,” says Dr. Kapoor.

The dermatologist also suggests home remedies and treatment methods that help manage endometriosis acne:

The expert says that the first line of treatment is correcting hormone therapy and birth control pills are prescribed to manage acne and endometriosis.

Here are some other precautions and treatment techniques:

Keep your hands away from pimples and avoid picking them at all costs

Use a warm compress to reduce inflammation

· Hydrocolloid bandages and benzoyl peroxide products are common options for home treatment of cystic acne and other forms of acne.

· If you notice the acne becoming tender to the touch or leaking fluid, see your dermatologist who can use steroid injections to reduce the inflammation of the acne.

· In over-the-counter medications, look for products containing salicylic acid in cleansers, gels, and creams to reduce acne.

· With consultation from your dermatologist, you can include retinoids in your nighttime routine to cleanse the skin.

What you can do at home

Sleep and exercise: Get a good sleep of at least 8 hours. This will help regulate hormones and calm the skin. The same goes with exercise, it helps balance hormones and control acne.

Be careful with makeup and skin care: Your skincare and makeup should be appropriate for your skin type. Products that clog the skin increase the risk of acne. Opt for products without parabens, sulphates, non-comedogenic and without mineral oils.

Pay attention to stress: The more stress you are under, the worse it will get. Find and eliminate stress triggers.

· Drink water: The waters remove toxins from the body and reduce blemishes and rashes. A minimum of 3 liters per day should be your target.

Use a facial brush: Gentle brushing with a silicone facial brush will cleanse the skin and stimulate blood circulation. This way your skin will get rid of dirt and grime and keep acne under control.

Cleanse and hydrate your skin morning and evening: This is the most important step for skin care when suffering from acne. Cleansing removes dirt and traces of makeup, and moisturizer keeps skin supple and healthy.

“Most women notice an increase in acne a week and 10 days before their period starts, so be sure to take special care of your skin during this time. Consult your dermatologist if acne is not not under control,” concludes Dr Kapoor.

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