... I'm so depressed!
So sorry to hear you feeling so down. I don't suffer from PCOS, so I'm sure others may be more helpful than I, but noticed you didn't have any answers yet. I have MS and many of the Disease Modifying Treatments as well as the steroids we often have to take cause hair loss. I'm lucky to have really thick hair so that the only noticeable areas were the front and side hair lines which I could cover a little using the really wide cotton headbands. I found Biotin to be a BIG help in cutting down on hair loss as well as encouraging new growth. Takes about a month to start to notice the effects and you need to stick with it daily and use a pretty high dosage. If your hair loss is severe to the point of noticeable very thin to bald spots, or you already have thin hair to begin with...
I hear the generic Equate version for women's rogaine at Walmart gets AMAZING reviews and I've heard many ladies in my support groups say it's worked even better than the name brand at 1/3 the cost. It's called Equate Hair Regrowth Treatment for Women and a box with a THREE month supply is only $18.84! And you can even order it online if you're uncomfortable buying it at the store. The ladies in my groups swear by the combination of it and Biotin together and many say their hair is even thicker and healthier after using it than it was before they had any hair loss issues. At that price, I'd say definitely give it a shot. Or you can always go the fun route with wigs. So many are wearing them now even without issues because you can find many discount sites where they're really cheap and it's fun to be able to change up styles, colors and lengths when you get bored. I own a few myself and extensions because I wanted some of the crazy colors but didn't want to pay big bucks to take a chance of it turning out bad on my light blonde hair or having to keep paying for upkeep if I like it. Plus it's fun to change it up. Lol. I've had days where I've been super down and decided to go for one of my rainbow colored extensions and instantly brighten my mood a little.
As far as acne, I can empathize there too as steroid treatments cause major skin outbreaks. I know we're inundated with commercials for it, but I had my best success with Proactive products. A lot of times with skin products you truly do get what you pay for. I've tried generics and Walmart brands, as well as the name brand products like stridex etc, but when I had outbreaks it wasn't just a few here and there, it was my entire face and I found with the store bought products many were for spot treatment vs full skin care and left my face extremely red, dry and very irritated. I had none of those issues with Proactive. They come as a set of products you use in order over your whole face (face wash, treatment solution and moisturizer etc). You can either go with a mail order plan, of which they have a money back guarantee and excellent customer service and I believe a 30 day no risk trial... or if aren't ready for a commitment, many malls even have Proactive vending machines now! Lol.
It does take about a month to really see results and you need to use it daily for the full benefit, but IMO, this is the product I had the best success with.
As far as facial hair, I'm not much help. There's of course the quick/cheap route of just shaving or waxing. And it's a total myth that shaving makes hair grow back thicker or darker. But if you're looking for a more permanent solution, there's things like Electrolycis, lazer removal etc. But those are often expensive and require many visits to complete. I'm not positive, but I believe you also have to let the facial hair grow out to a certain length before they can begin and I believe the day before treatments there's a solution you have to apply to your face that can cause irritation. Please don't quote me on any of that as I don't have personal experience in that area.
Also, probably a silly question, but have you asked your doctor for ideas?
Hope some of this helps and you get some results that make you feel better about yourself.
Best Wishes! Xoxo
I am sorry to hear you are having a hard time with PCOS symptoms. Know that you are not alone and there are a lot of PCOS support groups out there. We have ALL been through the tough stages of PCOS. Because of the hormone imbalance, we with PCOS have a greater risk of hair growth, loss and acne. To manage these you have some options - all of which you need to discuss with your doctor first.
PCOS diet - there is such a thing! If you Google it, you will find some great resources to help you on your way to understanding what type of diet us PCO ladies need to keep our hormones in check.
Birth Control - this allows you to have a more controlled release of hormones which will help limit (not eliminate) your symptoms.
Metformin - I would choose this as a last option however it does work and helps many areas of PCOS. Must be discussed with your doctor as there are side effects to this drug as well.
Good luck Helen, wishing you the best!
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