Keke Palmer Reveals the Cause of Her Acne Is PCOS—Here's What You Need to Know

"I had no idea."

Keke Palmer
Keke Palmer

Keke Palmer isn’t shy about being transparent on her social media. Less than six months ago, the 27-year-old actress took to Twitter with a bare-faced selfie to share her skincare journey with her followers. 

While she thought she had gained a better understanding of her skin topically, she recently revealed in an Instagram post that her battle is internal. 

"I tried EVERYTHING. I did Accutane TWICE. People say drink water, have a better diet, but I did all that, I ate all the ‘right’ things, my blood tests were fine. But it took ME taking a personal look into my family that has a history of diabetes and obesity, to understand what was ACTUALLY happening with me," she wrote on Tuesday (Dec. 1).  

After numerous failed attempts of seeking professional medical attention for the acne breakouts that plagued her since her pre-teen years. According to the Virgo Tendencies singer, it took her own research to learn the real reason behind her skin struggles. "I do not have a medical degree but I did the research and took what I learned to a doctor, and that led them to a proper diagnosis," she explained. 

My skin has made me sad many nights but I do not give up on myself. I know this is not me and my body has been looking for help. 

Taking her research to the doctor for confirmation, she was later diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, PCOS for short. "PolyCystic Ovarian Syndrome has been attacking me from the inside out my entire life and I had no idea," she shared. 

If you’re not familiar with PCOS, we dug into our archives to bring you a brief explanation about the condition and the treatments. 

What is PCOS? 

While there is no clear-cut definition of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, it is generally characterized as a hormonal imbalance of reproductive hormones that can cause a multitude of hormonal and metabolic disturbances in the body.

The Symptoms

PCOS may cause a variety of symptoms such as weight gain, irregular periods, infertility, acne, facial hair growth, and hair loss. The condition also raises the risk of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. 

Many physicians use the Rotterdam criteria in order to diagnose PCOS. The Rotterdam criteria require two of the following three factors to confirm: highly irregular cycles, elevated testosterone, and the appearance of several small cysts on the ovaries. 

The Treatments

consists of a healthier diet, daily exercise, and hormonal birth control to help regulate the period.

Keke's transparency about diagnosis continues to further raise awareness about PCOS. We're hopeful that it inspires other women suffering from the symptoms to seek medical assistance. 

To learn more about PCOS and how it affects the lives of those who live with it, read more here.

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