Womens Jaw Acne: a Possible Sign of PCOS

By: Trevor Mulholland

Acne is a problem for everyone, but it may be especially troublesome for young women who find it growing on their upper lips or jawlines. This gives the appearance of a stubble - certainly an inconvenient, if not downright upsetting, condition. But besides being a nuisance, womens jaw acne may in fact be an indicator of an even more alarming affliction. This affliction is the polycystic ovary syndrome, also known as PCOS.

PCOS is the most common hormonal disorder among women who are old enough to reproduce. It is also known as the leading cause of infertility. As the name suggests, it is characterized by the appearance of multiple cysts on the ovaries. These cysts are formed when eggs that have matured are not released, because of hormone imbalance.

Hormone imbalance could occur when the body is producing more androgens (male hormones) than is normal for the female body. In such a case, womens jaw acne which takes on the appearance of stubble appears. All human bodies have androgens, or male hormones. Men have significantly more male hormones, which makes it natural for them to have lower voices, more body hair, etc than women do. But sometimes women suffer from an excess of androgens, which would result in a number of health conditions, not the least of which is PCOS.

The symptoms of PCOS are difficult to pinpoint: they are different for different women. Some women would experience rapid weight gain, while some suffer from excess facial and body hair, while some would suffer from a combination of both, as well as other symptoms. The most reliable way to test for PCOS is through an ultrasound exam, which can only be taken at the recommendation of a qualified gynecologist. In fact, consulting an ob-gyne would be the first line of defense, if you suspect that you have PCOS.

The important thing to remember is not to panic: PCOS is not a life-threatening or contagious condition. It can often be cured through medication and/or hormone therapy. However, if left untreated, it could escalate into a number of severe complications.

Acne is a hormone-related condition. This is why a hormone rush - such as those experienced during one's pregnancy and teenage years - would often trigger an acne outbreak. Acne conditions are often temporary, although the scars they leave are lasting. In the case of PCOS, however, until the hormone imbalance is remedied, the acne is likely to remain.

If you are suffering from womens jaw acne, see your gynecologist. Chances are it is reflective of an even deeper problem that is related to hormone imbalance, such as PCOS.

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