Women with endometriosis have a yo-yo relationship with their skin. One minute your skin will look moist and the next you will be plagued by adult and sensitive skin acne and other problems.
Endometriosis causes tissues to develop outside of the lining of the uterus. This condition can affect women of all ages before menopause and cause painful periods, difficulty having sex, painful urination and bowel movements, infertility, gas, sciatic nerve pain, excessive bleeding, and many more problems. A very painful disease takes a long time to diagnose endometriosis. It causes a wide variety of skin problems and inconsistencies due to hormonal issues and inflammation such as:
Hormonal acne in adults typically affects the lower part of the face due to endometriosis and treatments such as the use of birth control pills
Increased incidence of blackheads, whiteheads and small pimples
Eczema, which causes the skin to become red and flaky
Lupus causes hair loss and rash, and makes the skin more prone to sun damage
Cysts deep under the skin
Male pattern hair growth
Increase skin allergies as Endo makes the immune system more sensitive
Cutaneous endometriosis is a type of endometriosis in which nodules appear on the skin. Another type of endometriosis that affects the skin is the scar endo, which is found in the scar tissue. Endometriosis is a very painful condition, but it can be easily treated with medication and some basic routine changes. Some of these skin conditions are persistent and others appear at the beginning of periods.
No matter what problems you are facing due to endometriosis, a good dermatologist can help you manage the problem by suggesting some basic skin care changes and medications like hormone drugs, liver drugs, GI tract treatments, etc.
Reducing your intake of inflammatory foods like caffeine, sugar, dairy products, fried foods, alcohol, etc.
Cleanse your skin every morning and night: The bacteria in the atmosphere around us and even on our fingertips can make acne and eczema worse. That is why you need to cleanse your skin every day. Use the hot towel method to cleanse your face and don’t forget to apply an appropriate acidic toner after it dries. Switch to clay or cream-based cleansers that don’t excessively dry the skin. After cleansing, don’t forget to apply a paraben- and sulfate-free facial moisturizer.
Hydrate yourself: drink at least six liters of water every day. Good hydration will help your liver function better and rid the skin of toxins. You can also use a moisturizing toner on your skin to keep the dryness away.
Use makeup with good coverage: choose makeup that doesn’t contain mineral oils. Check the labels carefully for parabens and ingredients that can cause skin irritation. Never forget to remove makeup before going to bed at night.
Sun protection: There is nowhere to go without sun protection. Wear a good quality sunscreen that contains zinc oxide. Apply sunscreen 15 minutes before you step out and reapply every 4 hours.
When using acne treatment products, do not go overboard; use only the amount recommended by a dermatologist.
Home remedies for the skin
You can try some simple home remedies to treat the sensitive, inflamed, and acne-prone skin that saves your skin caused by endometriosis:
Green Tea Toner: Boil some green tea, cool it and drain the water in a glass bottle. Use this natural toner after cleansing your face.
Use argan oil before bathing: Argan oil has excellent soothing properties. Apply a small amount of argan oil to the skin before bathing.
Decrease the water temperature: keep showers and baths at a lukewarm temperature.
Use a yogurt and pineapple face mask: both ingredients protect your skin and remove dead skin cells. Mash the pineapple, place in a bowl with fresh yogurt and make a fine paste. Apply the paste on your skin and let it dry. After drying, wash the mask with cold water and pat dry.
Pomegranate for sensitive skin: take some pomegranate juice and mix it with fresh tomato juice. Apply this mixture to the skin with the help of an organic cotton ball. Let it dry completely and wash it off with lukewarm water. The ingredients in this mask balance the pH of the skin and improve the structure of the skin.
Remember, there is no social or psychological pressure to be felt when dealing with endometriosis. Choose the skin products that make you feel good about yourself and give the skin care products some time to take effect and show their benefits. Exercise regularly and maintain a healthy routine. Take care of your body and if something doesn’t feel “normal”, call your dermatologist.
About the author: Dr. Rinky Kapoor, Consultant Dermatologist, Cosmetic Dermatologist, and Dermatosurgeon, The Esthetic Clinics
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