Acne is one of the most common skin conditions, affecting millions of people in the world.
It can be caused by a variety of factors, and a major one that often gets overlooked is stress.
So, can stress cause acne? The answer is yes, sort of! Let’s take a look at how stress and acne are connected and what to do to reduce risk of stress-induced breakouts.
Can Stress Cause Acne Breakouts?
Stress does not directly cause acne breakouts, however, it does play a role, according to Healthline. Stress has more of an indirect role in acne breakouts. The stress-acne connection essentially boils down to cortisol production.
When stressed, our bodies overproduce cortisol among other hormones. These hormones can stimulate oil glands, making them overproduce. The oil then clogs the pores, causing breakouts.
What Does Stress Acne Look Like?
Stress acne usually appears as small red bumps or cystic acne on the face, neck, chest, or back. It may also appear as whiteheads or blackheads due to clogged pores.
It may look different than other types of acne because it tends to flare up more quickly and become more inflamed than regular breakouts. This inflammation is caused by an increase in cortisol levels in the body, which again, is due to prolonged periods of stress.
Cortisol causes an increase in oil production which can lead to clogged pores and bacteria growth which then leads to breakouts. TS Skin Care’s oil-based products actually encourage the skin into producing less oil as they’re used over time.
How To Get Rid Of Stress Acne Naturally
The best way to get rid of stress acne is to reduce the overall level of stress as much as possible. This may mean taking time each day for self-care activities such as yoga, meditation, deep breathing exercises, journaling, or spending quality time with friends and family.
Make sure to get enough sleep each night (7-8 hours) so the body has time to rest and reset itself.
Pay attention to diet; avoid processed foods and opt for whole foods such as fruits and vegetables whenever possible since these have been shown to help reduce inflammation in the body that could lead to breakouts. Also, be sure to increase fiber intake and drink lots of water.
Treatments and Products for Stress Acne
Treat acne-prone skin with TS Skin Care’s unique natural skin care products. We have created products specifically for acne. They have been specially formulated to treat and soothe the skin without drying it out. We leverage original formulations and scientific research to bring transformational skin care products.
Stress and Acne
Stress plays a major role in causing acne breakouts – both directly through hormonal imbalances caused by prolonged periods of stress but also indirectly through lifestyle choices such as poor nutrition or lack of sleep that come with increased levels of anxiety or depression.
To keep skin healthy and clear from acne breakouts, it’s important to practice self-care techniques such as exercise, meditation, proper nutrition, and getting plenty of restful sleep each night in order to reduce overall level of stress.
Doing so will not only help reduce the risk of developing new breakouts, but also help clear up existing ones faster in order to feel confident again!
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