Where hormones used to simply be synonymous with PMS, now we’re learning more about hormonal imbalances and what we can do to minimize our discomfort. At BeautyMNL, we’ve been talking a lot about PCOS: several of our teammates have it, and so it’s a subject that’s very close to our hearts—and of course, we’re happy to share what we know and to learn from you, too.

More often than not, managing your PCOS symptoms hinges a lot on making healthy lifestyle changes, but basic skincare plays a role in it, too. Acne, dryness, and hyperpigmentation are common side effects of PCOS, and using the right products for topical treatment go a long way in maintaining healthy, glowing skin.

So, what exactly do women with PCOS stash in their skincare arsenal to swerve bad skin days? Watch the video above for their tried-and-tested recos, and find the list below!

PCOS-FRIENDLY SKINCARE, ACCORDING TO WOMEN WITH PCOS

LIANNE, 23
OILY SKIN

SHE USES: Dear Klairs Pore Gentle Black Charcoal Soap, P630, Dear Klairs Supple Preparation Facial Toner, P1,150, Belo AcnePro Pimple Gel (10g), P170

HER PCOS SKINCARE JOURNEY: “My derma prescribed me products to try for my acne, but nothing stuck. That’s when I decided to go to the OB, who encouraged me to make healthier lifestyle choices and use gentler products, which is really what transformed my skin.”
FRANKIE, 22
DRY & SENSITIVE SKIN

SHE USES: Hada Labo Gokujyun Super Hyaluronic Acid Lotion Moist Type (170ml), P899, Dear Klairs Midnight Blue Calming Cream (30ml), P1,280, Elujai Propolis Myrrh Ampoule, P335

HER PCOS SKINCARE JOURNEY: “I decided to incorporate a lot of products into my routine that are meant to help with dryness, texture, and sensitivity which can come with PCOS. On top of that, I also went on the pill, which has helped a lot with dullness. My routine now is focused on maintaining my good skin condition.”
AYANA, 24
COMBINATION SKIN

SHE USES: Some By Mi Miracle Toner, now on sale at P990 (limited time only), Some By Mi Miracle Serum, now on sale at P1,300 (limited time only), Nature Republic Aloe Vera 92% Soothing Gel Tube (250ml), P295

HER PCOS SKINCARE JOURNEY: “For my hormonal acne, I find that the gentler the product is and the simpler the ingredients are, the better it is for my skin. My absolute favorite moisturizer is a very no-fuss gel that hydrates my skin and clears up any texture with just aloe and water. Lifesaver!”

Are you on your own skincare journey? Tell us about it below!

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