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Condition: Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

Condition: Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

What is PCOS?

PCOS is a common condition that affects how a females ovaries work. It can cause irregular periods or no periods at all, difficulty getting pregnant as a result of irregular ovulation or failure to ovulate, excessive hair growth (hirsutism) – usually on the face, chest, back or buttocks, weight gain, thinning hair and hair loss from the head, oily skin or acne.

The ovaries may develop numerous small collections of fluid (follicles) and fail to regularly release eggs. PCOS signs and symptoms are typically more severe if you’re obese.

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Causes of PCOS

The true cause of PCOS is still unknown but there are some possible causes that doctors have found.

  • Excess insulin

Excess insulin might increase androgen production, causing difficulty with ovulation.

  • Low-grade inflammation

Women with PCOS have a type of low-grade inflammation that stimulates polycystic ovaries to produce androgens, which can lead to heart and blood vessel problems.

  • Heredity

Research shows that certain genes might be linked to PCOS.

  • Excess androgen

The ovaries produce abnormally high levels of androgen, resulting in hirsutism and acne.

Treatments for PCOS symptoms

At Este Medial Group we offer treatments that we know can help you become the most confident version of yourself. We want all our clients to feel happy and confident, so when you book a consultation at your nearest UK clinic, our team of experts will discuss a bespoke plan to help you achieve all your goals.

Laser hair removal

Unwanted hair growth can affect anyone but especially women who are dealing with PCOS. As this can cause excessive hair growth, we offer state of the art laser treatments to help you feel happy and confident again.

Acne treatments

Because of increased levels of androgen that comes with PCOS, this can cause havoc on your body leading to acne breakouts. We can help to determine the type of acne you are suffering with and find the best treatment to target your needs.

Pigmentation removal

Dark patches and discolouration can be another effect from PCOS; we have a range of treatments to help you achieve an even skin tone.

Fat freezing treatment

Many people who suffer with PCOS find it hard to lose weight. Fat freezing can help get rid of unwanted fat in areas such as the love handles, thighs, stomach and chin.

Visia Digital Skin Analysis

When we use the Visia Digital Skin Analysis to assess your skin, we are using a tool that allows us to see deep below the surface layer of your skin and detect a multiple of potential concerns. This advanced technology allows us to pick up on issues such as spots, wrinkles, texture, pores, UV spots, scars, red areas, porphyrins and more.

Frequently Asked Questions

Acne can be caused by a number of factors. Acne can be hereditary, it can be hormonal, and it can be caused by a testosterone increase during puberty. It is also possible for acne to be caused by certain medications, some makeup products, and even wearing items of clothing or accessories that place pressure on a specific area of the skin – wearing a headband for instance.


Smoking is also said to cause acne in older people. Whatever the underlying reasons as to why you have acne, it all results in one thing – hair follicles becoming blocked by sebum from surrounding sebaceous glands, and dead skin cells. These plugged hair follicles can either turn into whiteheads or blackheads, and if the (usually) harmless bacteria that lives on our skin then infects the follicles, you can even experience cysts, papules, nodules or pustules. None of which are any fun for the person having to deal with them.

Our skincare experts take time to get to know and understand your acne concerns and issues, and only then will they make an informed decision as to which acne treatment is the best for you. That could be:

  • lightfusion™ Light Therapy
  • Skin Peels
  • Pixel Laser Resurfacing

You do not need to stop wearing makeup if you have acne. However, you should wear makeup that is non-comedogenic. This means that it doesn’t block the pores.

Not necessarily. As mentioned above, acne can be caused by a number of triggers, and however much you clean your face it’s not going to affect how crazy your hormones are being. Sometimes, cleaning your face too much can even contribute to acne as it can aggravate spots.

Furthermore, using alcohol-based cleansers can dry your skin out and this isn’t a good thing as far as acne is concerned. Despite what you may think, and even if you feel like you have excessively oily skin, it’s still important to use a moisturiser – just make sure you opt for a non-comedogenic one.

Everyone is different, but acne – more often than not – does eventually go away. For many, it’s puberty that can kick things off and acne often settles down when puberty does. However, acne can sometimes persist into your adult years.

That said, our skincare specialists have worked with many clients who wanted their acne to disappear and felt like they had tried everything. As you will see from our success stories and testimonials, we have had hugely positive and effective results.

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