Acne: Hormonal changes are what cause acne. Acne-prone women frequently also have polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), which is frequently linked to infertility. High levels of androgen, or male hormones, are what define this.
Skin Redness – Elevated estrogen levels might result in skin redness by expanding blood vessels and flushing the skin. “Hot flashes may be accompanied by redness and flushing, which can occasionally be brought on by medications. In addition, hyperpigmentation of skin color can occur.
Injection site irritation – Although the daily needles are the main cause of skin issues, some women may also experience negative side effects from the medicine solution that contains the fertility medication.
Sun sensitivity: Certain fertility medications, such as those used during in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycles, can make the skin more sensitive to sunlight. It is important to protect the skin from excessive sun exposure and use sunscreen regularly with at least a SPF of 60
Stress and emotional impact: Fertility treatments can be emotionally challenging, and stress can have an impact on the skin. Stress-related skin conditions, such as acne flare-ups or exacerbation of existing skin conditions like eczema or psoriasis, may occur.
Allergic reactions: In rare cases, individuals may develop allergic reactions to certain fertility medications, which can manifest as skin rashes or hives. Treatment regimens that can be considered post IVF treatment include hydroquinone-based bleaching creams, and Cos Melan peels to treat patients’ persistent acne once fertility treatments or pregnancies are over and skincare restrictions are no longer required for hyperpigmentation. Chemical peels can help increase skin cell turnover and treat facial discoloration. Alpha hydroxy acids, such as lactic or mandelic acid, azelaic acid, or niacinamide, may be useful components to include if skin is oily or acne-prone.
Treatment for infertility can have a variety of consequences on the body, including the skin. It is truly a transformational experience that encompasses many facets. Drugs such as Retinoids, Hydroquinone, and salicylic acid should be avoided during a treatment protocol to prevent any possible teratogenic effect.